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How to Create Resilient Space in Your Neighborhood

In 2010, as locals found themselves displaced or divided in Oakland’s Fruitvale District, six houses took down their fences to grow food, medicine, and other surprises. Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher, two founders of Canticle Farm, didn’t stop at building rainwater catchment or restoring a creek – they started bringing soul, soil, and society together. They did this by gifting food to neighbors, hosting retreats, providing edible landscaping services, and supporting formerly incarcerated men and youth climate organizers. One heart, one house, one block at a time, their resilient space keeps the neighborhood strong.

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