ActivismArts and CultureHousing

Ploughshares Nursery: The Garden Center That Houses Homeless People

The Bay's best newsletter for underground events & news
Beautiful flowers at Ploughshares Nursery

Photo by Jordan McLeggan

By Jordan McLeggan

The Bay Area is littered with garden centers and nurseries, all boasting the best-looking plants and popular species. So what makes Ploughshares Nursery any different? One hundred percent of the profit is donated towards housing the homeless.

The Facts

Ploughshares Nursery opened in 2007 as a social enterprise of Alameda Point Collaborative, the largest supportive housing community in Alameda County. The Collaborative, headquartered on Alameda’s old navy base, currently provides 500 formerly unhoused residents with safe, stable housing.

Though they do accept donations of all kinds and volunteers at the small non-profit, Alameda Point wanted to take an active role in bringing in consistent revenue, while serving its community. The idea birthed three social enterprises: Farm2Market (a 2-acre organic farm), The APC Commercial Kitchen, and finally Ploughshares Nursery.

A greenhouse at Ploughshares Nursery

Photo by Jordan McLeggan

The Nursery

Ploughshares’ motto is to, “make your garden  part of the solution”, and is run like most other nurseries in the Bay. They specialize in drought tolerant, native, and edible plants, with helpful  staff on site, and a beautiful garden.

The nursery hosts workshops and other  community events (like their Pruning Workshop  or Plant Swaps!) during most of the year. If that  doesn’t convince you that they are all about  serving the community, they grow up to 30% of  their own inventory to keep prices low and  make jobs available to the residents of APC.

In short, if you’re going to plant a garden, why  not contribute to one of the most desperate and just causes of our time. You will not regret a visit to this nursery, just ask the chickens!

Need to Know about Ploughshares Nursery:

Ploughshares Nursery
2701 Main Street
Alameda, CA 94609
PH: 510 755 1102
Hours: 9AM to 4PM (Winter)

Chickens at Ploughshares Nursery

Photo by Jordan McLeggan

Previous post

Why Rain on Snow in the California Mountains Worries Scientists

Next post

The Best Bay Area Events for 3/14-3/20

Guest Writer

Guest Writer

We write for busboys, poets, social workers, students, artists, musicians, magicians, mathematicians, maniacs, yodelers and everyone else out there who wants to enjoy life not as a rich person, but as a real person. Namely, we write for you.

We’re currently looking to expand our author pool. If you’re snarky, know what’s happening in your town, and good at making your fingers type out funny words, then you might be just the person we’re looking for. Email with some writing samples if you're interested. Cheers