PROJECTS: The Farms of West Oakland: Compost

An educational diagram of a compost pile at WOW Farm in Oakland, Calif. Industrial urban areas like West Oakland must contend with decades of pollutants. The farmers say the soil is too toxic and must be either hauled away or lined to accommodate organic soil beds built on top. Water, soil and air are all problems in West Oakland, said Vandenbroeck. “Everything is being compromised.”(Photo by Preston Gannaway © 2016)
Compost

An educational diagram of a compost pile at WOW Farm in Oakland, Calif. Industrial urban areas like West Oakland must contend with decades of pollutants. The farmers say the soil is too toxic and must be either hauled away or lined to accommodate organic soil beds built on top. Water, soil and air are all problems in West Oakland, said Vandenbroeck. “Everything is being compromised.”

(Photo by Preston Gannaway © 2016)