Youth in Action

Featured Organization:

EcoVillage Farm Center, the Earth Island Institute

EcoVillage Farm Center 21 Laurel Lane Richmond CA 94803

phone: 510-329-1314 fax: 510-653-5914 email:

Contact:  Shyaam Shabaka  —  510-329-1314  —


Web site:

Mission (from the website):“Eco Village Farm Center’s mission is to provide residents of the San Francisco East Bay with practical knowledge and skills through a wide range of participatory experiences will help East Bay citizens live more sustainable and healthier lives and will better protect the Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems for present and future generations. “Eco Village Farm Center prepares youth and adults from diverse social back grounds to work together in building healthier communities. “Eco Village will inspire people to live in harmony with the East, each other and gain respect for all living things. Eco Village is a gift of nature to a harsh, urban community.”

(from the EcoVillage website): “The primary purpose of Eco Village Farm Learning Center and Environmental Education Center is to teach people how to live in harmony with the earth’s ecological systems…the air, the water, land and each other. If you can visualize a picturesque place with lots of fruit trees, flowers, honey bees, birds, butterflies, two flowing creeks, organic herbs and vegetable gardens and much more…where you and the entire family can visit for a few hours or spend the entire day engaging in a variety of activities. If you want to help create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, then you understand the Eco Village mission.”Eco Village is located in Richmond, California. Richmond is a densely populated, ethnically diverse city in the East Bay. It’s probably best known for its oil refinery that periodically sounds toxic release warning sirens. Crime, gangs, and drug abuse all plague this gritty, highly urbanized community. Surrounded and isolated by freeways and railroad tracks, it’s difficult to find a peaceful grren place to learn and relax.”Eco Village is changing that. We are located on 5.6 acres of uniquely preserved, semi-rural farm land which is home to a wide variety of native and non-native vegetation — fruit trees, Oaks, Beech, Banana, California Buckeyes, Bay Laurels, Blackberries and Walnuts. Two wonderful flowing creeks, San Pablo and Wilkie, flow through the land and and support a wide range of aquatic animal and plant life.”