Alchemist CDC

A Catalyst for Change

Alchemist CDC - A Catalyst for Change

Alchemist’s Annual Vegan Dinner a Delicious Success!

Thanks to all our guests for a wonderful evening! Thirty-three people attended, and we raised over $1500! 

This year’s vegan fundraising dinner, prepared by Chef  Joshua Ploeg and Chef’s assistant Rene Strawser featured fresh produce from local farmers M&L Campuzano, Pao Khang, Phan Farm, Busalacchi Farm and Toua Khang, as well as candied kumquats from Harvest Sacramento.

Fundraising through events like this one is especially important as it provides unrestricted funds for operating that our grants don’t cover. It’s the glue that holds our work together. Thanks for your support!

Market Match will be back in 2014 and Alchemist CDC will be facilitating once again.


The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) will expand the popular and effective Market Match Program this year. Last year, in 2013, California’s healthy food SNAP (CalFresh/food-stamps) incentive program, ran at over 130 farmers’ markets and created over $1 million in revenue for produce farmers, attracted new CalFresh shoppers to the farmers markets, and added nutrition and flavor to the diets of market matchlow-income shoppers.

Alchemist CDC works as a funded partner of the Ecology Center to facilitate the implementation of the Market Match program at 13+ farmers’ markets in Sacramento and Yolo Counties. We want to make the biggest possible impact – get more customers to the farmers, get more fresh food to low-income folks, and promote the use of CalFresh benefits at farmers markets – with the funds provided, so we need to raise significantly more funds for Market Match. Customers often tell us how delighted they are to have the additional fresh and healthy food – just before they rush off to buy baskets of strawberries, a bag of fresh walnuts, or a pound of jalapeños. We hate to turn people away and tell them the program has ended for the year when the funds run out.

You can help extend the benefits of Market Match to more people, help those who need the assistance to get fresh produce, and help more farmers increase sales of their quality foods. Please go to our donation page, where you can write “Market Match” in the notes field to earmark your donation for Market Match funds.

Alchemist staff, interns and volunteers are hard at work!

If you’d like to volunteer with Alchemist CDC at the farmers’ market, please contact us today!

Although our mandate as a community development organization is broad, demand has kept us focused on access to healthy food for all. We facilitate the use of CalFresh (food-stamp) benefits at farmers markets year round; in neighborhoods that lack fresh food, we help convenience stores learn to sell quality produce; and we work with a community garden in Oak Park. In addition, we promote access to healthy food — for example pre-screening folks for CalFresh (foodstamp) eligibility and promoting farmers markets in 6 different languages — and we provide education on eating fresh, seasonal, local foods. Access to healthy food helps those who eat better and contributes to the local economy, too.  To carry out this work and optimize our impact, we rely on wonderful volunteers and interns for a huge portion of our work and then depend on just 2.5 employees for the rest. You can support our work by donating any amount. Please click on the link in the right sidebar to donate online.