Alchemist CDC

A Catalyst for Change

Alchemist CDC - A Catalyst for Change

Save the Date for Alchemist CDC’s next fundraiser!

Please save the date for Alchemist CDC’s Annual Catalyst for Change event:

Thursday, November 10 at Old Soul Co. 1716 L St. (Rear Alley) Sacramento, CA 95811

Purchase tickets or become a sponsor now!

Alchemist Event Flyer 2016



Please consider becoming an event sponsor. Download our sponsor packet here: Sponsorship Info 2016

Food Access Ally ($1000)
California Medical Association
UFCW Western States Council
Alchemist Supporter ($500)
Fearless Advocacy, Inc.
Law Offices of Scot Bernstein


Market Match Spending on the Rise

Market Match is an incentive and bonus program offered to Calfresh food MM Spending Dec 15 to July 16stamp recipients and it is the best way to make CalFresh dollars go further at the farmers’ market. When someone spends their CalFresh benefits at participating farmers’ markets, they receive extra Market Match funds in the form of vouchers to spend on fresh produce and nuts. Since December 2015, Alchemist has seen steady growth in Market Match spending at our farmers’ markets.

As we move through the heart of the harvest season we look forward to seeing these numbers continue to climb! Check out our Market Match page under the Projects tab for more information and visit for an interactive map of farmers’ markets currently offering Market Match.

CalFresh households benefit from EBT at local farmers markets

From 2009 to 2014, government assistance known nationally as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) redemptions at farmers markets have grown by 350 percent. Locally, it is estimated that up to 200,000 CalFresh-eligible households in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and Nevada Counties may benefit from this work!
Thanks to a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Alchemist CDC, the Health Education Council, and Public Health Institute Center for Wellness & Nutrition have partnered to enable regional farmers markets to accept CalFresh EBT benefits in order to increase low-income families’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The work locally is part of a USDA-wide effort to strengthen local and regional food systems and increase access to fruits and vegetables.
To find a farmers market that accepts CalFresh EBT near you, visit

What a difference a year makes!

Alchemist CDC has seen the number of CalFresh dollars spent at its markets rise from $15,204 in May 2015 to $16,763 in May 2016! Some specific markets have seen particularly impressive increases:

          Market Name CalFresh Dollars Redeemed in May 2015 CalFresh Dollars Redeemed in May 2016
Sunrise Station Farmers’ Market $514 $1,028
Country Club Plaza Farmers’ Market $925 $1,537
Florin Farmers’ Market $4,014 $4,576
Laguna Farmers’ Market $1,026 $1,156

The federal government estimates that every dollar of CalFresh money spent in our region generates $1.79 in total community spending, by this measure, this increase has generated an extra $2,700 in community spending compared to last May! Alchemist CDC, with the help of our partners and volunteers, has worked hard to create these increases. We will continue to work to increase the availability and access to healthy, fresh, local produce for all our neighbors

Pansy Ave. Pocket Park?


[UPDATE] On Tuesday, May 3rd, on the Sacramento City Council approved a consent calendar vote on “Disposition of 3601 Pansy Avenue” to formally begin the process of transferring control of the lot to Alchemist CDC. We look forward to working with SHRA as we move forward in our efforts to turn this vacant lot into a thriving neighborhood-serving “pocket park”. The plans for this vacant lot were guided by resident input. We are eager to starting working side-by-side with neighbors and community organization partners as we build this community space. Please get in touch with us to find out how you can get involved in supporting this project, through volunteering, offering professional skilled labor (general contractors, carpenters, irrigation specialists, landscape/hardscape, etc.) or monetary or in-kind donations.