About the founders

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-yourselfer, Yolanda enjoys creating handmade environments from found and reclaimed resources. She is at home at her own Oakland homestead laboratory, Kosodate Farm, where she and her family keep chickens, bees, and learn about permaculture principles on their large urban lot, growing much of their own food. 

Birgitt is an Alameda County Master Gardener (ACMG). She has served on its Advisory Board since 2000, including three terms as President. As an ACMG, Birgitt has developed educational materials and presented classes on many topics related to food production such as Seed Starting, Garden Planning and Integrated Pest Management. Birgitt has also served on the Board of the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and was a founding Board member and Treasurer for BikeAlameda. She co-owned the Alameda Soap Company which made and sold artisan soaps from 1999 to 2004.