About the founder

Yolanda is a mother/wife, entrepreneur and urban farmer. She has had successful careers in retail and sales management, marketing, education, publishing, and information technology.

Yolanda is active in the East Bay community, volunteering on many projects concerning youth, food and community-based agriculture. She is a member of the Alameda County Beekeepers Association, Alameda Backyard Growers, Women of Food and Agriculture, and the OakTown (Oakland) 4H Club.

An avid do-it-herselfer, she enjoys creating handmade environments from found and reclaimed resources. She is at home at her own Oakland permaculture homestead lab, Kosodate Farm, where she and her family keep chickens, bees, and grow their own food. 

Pollinate Farm & Garden is a proud member of the Oakland Indie Alliance