The president of REO Homes in Oakland, California, Neill Sullivan restores old homes damaged by decades of neglect. As he is active in community affairs, Neill Sullivan was invited to participate in the opening of the City Slicker Farms’ West Oakland Farm Park.
The Farm Park is intended to meet the neighborhood’s need for economic progress by providing a 1.4 acre facility that combines recreation with food and nutritional instruction. The organization seeks to promote self-empowerment by enabling lower-income residents to grow fresh food for themselves and their neighbors. The park section features ample open space and playground fixtures for healthy exercise and recreation opportunities for all ages.
Founded in 2001, City Slicker Farms launched a fund raising initiative to offer gardening supplies for 28 families and distribution of the harvest to senior centers and the community at large. The organization will also fund ten paid summer jobs for youth of color.
Outside supporters of the project include the California Department of Parks and Recreation and KaBOOM!, a national organization that supports play space for children of low-income families.