New Crop Swap Near Oakland’s Lake Merritt Starts July 10


We recently heard from Kerstin Firmin, a gardener and cook who lives near Oakland’s Lake Merritt and wanted to see who else in the neighborhood might like to swap.

“I’m curious to meet others in the area who grow their own food and herbs, make jams and pickles, food starters, and more, who would like to trade seeds, plants, produce, gardening advice, recipes, and who knows what else,” she says.

To ensure success, she says she sought seed funding and support from Agroecology Commons “and people like you who care about people, plants, and the planet.”

So, now it’s almost July 10, which is launch day for the monthly swap, and she says to “come early and bring items from your garden or kitchen to trade. Everybody is welcome, even if you don’t have edible goodies to bring. Stop by and share information, like recipes or ways to get involved in our community. We have a table and a few blankets to display items people bring. And there will be cookies!”

Ready to swap?

Crop Swap Oakland
Second Sundays, 10am-noon, starting July 10, 2022 
Snow Park
19th Street & Harrison Street, Oakland

To get involved, lend support, or stay in the know, follow @cropswap.oakland on Instagram, visit, or email