Creating Vibrant, Equitable, Healthy and Diverse Communities

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Our Mission

Alchemist Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We connect communities to land, food and opportunities.

CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets

Alchemist CDC facilitates the use of CalFresh (previously known as Food Stamps) at farmers’ markets

Market Match

CalFresh customers can receive matching incentive funds for using their benefits at farmers’ markets

Oak Park Art Garden

Making creative space at a formerly vacant lot in Oak Park

Alchemy Kitchen

Developing a food business incubator serving under-resourced entrepreneurs

Alchemist Microenterprise Academy

A 12-week program teaching the fundamentals of starting and growing a food business

Incubator Program

An intensive and highly personalized program to develop food businesses

Pansy Community Park & Garden

Converting a vacant lot into a garden park based on resident input

34th Street Offramp

Working with Caltrans to create a resident developed and led entrance to Oak Park

Oak Park Sol Community Garden

A community garden to grow food, demonstrate sustainable practices, share knowledge and build community

Market Match Dollars Distributed This Year

Partner Markets Where Alchemist CDC Facilitates CalFresh Processing

CalFresh Transactions This Year

"[Market Match] is the best thing ever. I only get $15/month [in CalFresh benefits] but I spend it all here- I get one and a half times my money and it’s all healthy stuff. You don’t have to be wealthy to eat well!"

– Janet, Market Match customer

"Feeding a family with $100 is so much more realistic, less stressful, and I can buy quality foods with that. The farmers’ market is a testament to that — I’m just amazingly grateful that that’s even an option for us"

– Rachel, CalFresh customer

"CalFresh acceptance at farmers' markets allows access to healthy foods that is missing in so many of my patients' diets. For those patients especially struggling with their weight, diabetes, or heart disease, I make them aware of this important community asset that Alchemist CDC provides."

– Rachel Hollander, MD

"The "Alchemist Team" has played a vital part to our success and we are extremely appreciative for the generous support given to our small business. We will definitely be more attentive to the fresh produce section and plan to patron the Farmers' Market to restock."

– Yvonne Cooks, Go Healthy Market