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Community garden robbed of tools, not hope

on December 18, 2012

More than $700 worth of power and carpentry tools were stolen from a locked shed at the Happy Lot Farm and Garden run by Andromeda Brooks. Brooks reported the theft to the police Dec. 6.

Happy Lot Farm and Garden is a patch of land on the corner of 1st Street and Chanslor Avenue designed one year ago to give residents the chance to grow their own chemical-free food. Prior to becoming a food haven, the 14,000 square foot lot was a popular spot for drug dealing and a dumping ground for trash.

Brooks receives help from students at local high schools that need community service hours to graduate.

Now without power tools it will be hard for Brooks and her urban farmers to build a chicken pen and water collection system this winter.

“We were waiting for the rain to stop,” Brooks said about their two winter projects. “But I started the healing process and bought a five-dollar hammer the other day.”

For more information about to help or grow food at Happy Lot Farm and Garden contact Andromeda Brooks at (510) 708-1706.


  1. Kennedy Grad on December 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Anything valuable left in that area is liable to be stolen.

    • Alycia Perez on December 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Kennedy, you are assuming the worse. We have to have faith, even if it’s unwarranted, that people are good. I’m sure they knew there was a risk involved but did it anyway.

  2. Matt on December 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Could you please post a list of what was stolen so the community can help to replace the tools. Thank you.

    • Tyler Orsburn on December 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Great suggestion and will try and get that list shortly. But if you’d like to contact Happy Lot Farm and Garden directly, please use the phone number provided above. Thank you.

      • Andromeda Brooks on December 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        Here are the items that we’d like to replace:

        Power drill and bits
        screw driver set
        nail gun
        hack saw
        staple gun
        nail pullers
        large level
        Heavy duty tool box

        Any hand tools would be great. Thanks.

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