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Beds of edibles, whimsically designed, wonderfully productive, and beautifully tended by students in the OBUGS program at Lafayette Elementary School in West Oakland. Photograph by RGT

What I like most is when you grow the vegetables, you pull them out, and you cook them. The number one vegetable, my favorite, is the onion. No matter where I live, I’ll plant seeds; I’ll be a gardener.
Third grader at Lafayette School, Oakland

This is way better than watching TV. I get to go out and do cool stuff!
Fifth grader in OBUGS summer camp

A dozen years before First Lady Michelle Obama (re-)popularized the idea of children tending their own gardens to raise healthy fruits and vegetables, gardening friends Margaret Majua and Dorothy Noyon founded Oakland Based Urban Gardens (OBUGS). Their basic plan, in 1998, was to work with West Oakland families in pursuit of practical, small-scale gardening that would address growing concerns over child nutrition and a secure local food supply. This core idea evolved into a forward-looking, innovative education program that has drawn nationwide attention.

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