Pollinate calls themselves a "general store with a twist:" they offer supplies for people who want to grow and eat farm-to-table type meals, including supplies for vegetables, beekeeping and even chickens.
The store definitely leans heavily toward the homesteader, as opposed to the backyard gardener. Tons of different small animal feeds and feed choices and lots of stuff for egg harvesting. Lots of resources for bee-keeping, which, it should be noted, currently requires a conditional use permit in Oakland. The store has a small selection of books which lean toward the backyard farm, as well. There is a big display of seeds and a few seedlings.
They offer cool classes and speakers on weekends.
Pollinate was the recipient of the East Bay Express Best New Business Readers' Poll Award in 2014. They also won the Best Organic Farming Supply Shop from the Editors. In 2015 they were the East Bay Express Readers' Poll Award for Best Place to Learn DIY or Homesteading Skills.
2727 Fruitvale Avenue
510.686 DIY FOOD (3493)