About Us

Project LEAF is a community grassroots organization with the set goal of creating Community Edible Garden's in Alameda, CA. The initiative started as community members of the Wedge neighborhood discussed options for the Old Island High site which sits on Eagle & Everett Streets on the City's East End. Currently we are working with the City of Alameda Recreation and Parks Department in developing a new 2 acre site on the former Beltline Railway site. We are actively pursuing additional sites across Alameda. If you have access to land or are interested in our efforts, we want to hear from you! We are now an active group of 500+ supporters that see the need for community gardening efforts in Alameda.

Mission statement
Support the local Alameda Community Food-shed and greening efforts of the city by creating a new multi-use vegetable garden where members of the community can create their own garden plots as well as participate in events, educational activities, and learn about growing food to come together.

The main goals of this community edible garden are:
  • Creating a sense of community
  • Providing gardening opportunities in a city with little to no public community gardens
  • Creating a edible garden free of pesticides
  • Educating the public on gardening, water preservation and the natural world
  • Providing an event/educational space for other local organizations to gather
  • Sharing with those in need
Project LEAF leaders & advisors
Kristoffer Köster, Architect, LEED AP   Co-founder of PL
    Kristoffer has more than ten years of experience as a professional designer and planner, and currently works for a well known architectural firm in San Francisco. His work includes a background in sustainable design strategies and assistance in project with thousands of acres of land conservation and easements. He is responsible for leading the design efforts on the site, designing the literature, graphics and logos that represent the project and this web-blog. He is a resident of Alameda and a member of the City of Alameda Planning Board. He currently runs a design business called KK Design Studio which produced the Master Plan for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

Melanie Wartenberg, MFT   Co-founder of PL
   Melanie has almost twenty years of experience in working for non-profit organizations and is currently a non-profit program director for a mental health and support service to underserved children and families in the East Bay. She has experience with program development and implementation, soliciting grant funding, and development and execution of community and professional workshops. She is an excellent public speaker, grant writer, and activist who is working towards achieving funding for Project LEAF. She is a resident of Alameda.

Janet Beatty  Co-chair of PL Steering Committee
   Janet is currently a certified Master Gardener of the California Chapter of Master Gardeners. She is currently retired and is actively participating as a Chair Member of our Steering Committee. She is currently also on the Steering Committee for the Community Garden at the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, and an active member of the Alameda Food Bank.

Amie MacPhee, AICP, LEED AP   Advisor of PL
   Amie has over thirty years of experience in helping client design notable place in unique natural and urban environments. Her background in planning and landscape architecture has given her a wide-range of project experience in community, urban-infill, and site and landscape design. Amie is a leader and team-builder of planning and design teams that address highly complex community planning efforts, CEQA certification and entitlement process. She is the founder of CULTIVATE, an interdisciplinary design firm that focuses on cultivating places of lasting value. She is a long time resident of the Bay Area and lives in San Francisco.

Jennifer de Graaf, RLA, LEED AP, BFQP   Advisor of PL
   Jennifer has many years of experience as a landscape architect. She currently serves as the Chairperson for the Historic American Landscape Survey Northern California Chapter. She has been involved with several award winning projects and has earned recognition from the ASLA for her work both as a student (Oklahoma State) and in community service (Texas Chapter). She currently runs her own company deGraaf Associates as well as a freelance designer and consultant for local Landscape Architecture firms. She lives in Alameda and has been a big supporter of the design process.