Alchemist CDC

A Catalyst for Change

Alchemist CDC - A Catalyst for Change

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.

Vegan Chefs’ Table event was a success!

A big thank you to everyone who attended and helped out at our Vegan Chefs’ Table event. It was delicious and fun. I look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s event.

Event sponsors:

Two Rivers Cider Co. TwoRiversLogo

In kind supporters of this event include:

Two Rivers Cider
Durst Organic Growers
Blackbird Kitchen+Beer Gallery
Lisa Musilli Johnson – Metro Kitchen & Drinkery
Raphael Kendall, chef with Capitol Garage
Suleka Sun-Lindley, Chef at Thai Basil
FJ Villalobos and Matthew Brown, Chefs at 58 Degrees and Holding
Chris Barnum, Chef at Localis


Thanks for everyone that joined in being a Catalyst for Change!

Alchemist CDC’s annual Catalyst For Change fundraiser was a great success. Attendees enjoyed delicious pizza from Federalist Public House, judged a pizza cook-off and enjoyed bocce ball and great conversations.

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Neighborhood Champion ($1000)








Food Access Ally ($500)

West Coast Mortgage Group and Realty
Law Offices of Scot Bernstein

Alchemist Friends ($250)

Five Star Bank
ECOM Engineering, Inc.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
Kevin & Libby Sanchez
UFCW Western States Council

New Year’s Resolutions & Nonprofits

According to Luis D. Sosa, Communications Associate at Sacramento Region Community Foundation in his blog entry about resolutions for the New Year, the Sacramento area has some amazing nonprofits that can help everyone stay true to their resolutions all year long, including Alchemist CDC which he aligns with the ever popular “eating healthy” resolution.


Sosa writes, “Losing weight often connects to eating healthy, and nonprofits in our region are making healthy food choices accessible to everyone. Alchemist CDC, for example, is implementing CalFresh payment processing at Sacramento area Farmers’ Markets, aiming to “make fresh produce more accessible to low-income individuals, while simultaneously increasing the sales for small-midsize farmers in California.”

You can read the entire blog entry by following this link.

Thanks to our 2015 Market sponsors!

We are pleased to acknowledge the contributions of two farmers’ market sponsors for 2015:

The Giarrizzo Family is a seasonal sponsor of the CalFresh program at the Promenade Farmers’ Market in Natomas and Magpie Cafe of Sacramento is our new six month sponsor of the Central Farmers’ Market.

???????????????????????????????The generosity of these sponsors will help Alchemist CDC support the use of CalFresh/EBT at the markets, which in turn allows thousands of CalFresh recipients make healthier food purchasing decisions.

If you are interested in becoming a farmers’ market sponsor, there are several options available, which are outlined in the Sponsor Our Work section under Support Us/Make a Donation.


Market Match! Back for a limited time at select markets!


Market Match will be offered from January 1st through March 15th, 2015 – (or until funds are exhausted) at the Laguna Gateway Elk Grove Farmers’ Markets. Just go to the CalFresh/EBT booth, use your EBT/CalFresh benefits to buy market vouchers, and get bonus vouchers good for fruits and
vegetables! Meanwhile, you can check out how the program helps CalFresh beneficiaries buy more fresh fruit and vegetables by clicking here. Tell your friends who use CalFresh! At Laguna Gateway farmers’ market- spend $10 with CalFresh to earn $5 extra, or spend $20 with CalFresh to earn $10 extra. What a great way to stretch a tight food budget and bring home healthy food to your family.