Canticle Farm

one heart , one home , one block at a time


Inspired by the life of  Francis of Assisi and the Work That Reconnects as taught by Joanna Macy, Canticle Farm provides a platform for the Great Turning –the planetary shift from an industrial-growth society to a life-sustaining society– one heart, one home, and one block at a time. The Farm is a comprised of five houses on three lots between 36th Avenue and Harrington Avenue in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, California.  We’ve removed the fences between the houses and grow much of our own food there as well as participate in community service in the larger neighborhood through a variety of projects.  Canticle Farm manifests this commitment to living and working towards more sustainable alternatives through spiritual practice, integral nonviolence, gift economy, restorative practices, urban permaculture, education and other work necessary for regenerating community in the 21st Century.

It’s an experiment in horizontal emergent decison-making so we invite you to work with us and in your own neighborhoods to create and be the change we want to see in the world.

cf_woolmanWoolman School students visit to Canticle Farm, 2013


6 thoughts on “Home

  1. Beautiful! You are leaders! May your hearts stay ever open to the Lord’s blessing and power!
    In the love of Christ and St. Francis,
    Fr. Larry Bernard OFM

  2. brilliant….. I will consider visiting some time

  3. Hoping to visit very soon. Was out of state last weekend, but Anne told let me know I was welcome.
    Looking for you today! I’m on 36th…

  4. 1968 was built by my Grandparents who were Francisicans. My Grandfather helped locate the land where San Damino in Danville is now located. What a wonderful thing that their land is dedicated to this…their legacy lives on.

  5. WOW my Grandparent’s Home is doing what it did for us as kids 50 to 100 years ago. We lived at 1946-36th ave, just down the hill from our grandparents Rose and Paul Schmitt. Every year we canned fruits and vegetables grown at our house and my grandparents. So thanks, Ann, and friends for keeping the “Spirit” alive. St Francis has always been a part of our lives.

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