Alchemist Community Development Corporation (Alchemist CDC) connects communities to land, food and opportunities toward a vision in which all Sacramento neighborhoods are vibrant, equitable, healthy and diverse.
The Alchemist team has extensive experience assisting under-resourced food entrepreneurs, making farmers’ markets accessible to low-income households, and empowering neighborhoods to build community assets through the transformation of abandoned spaces. Building on this expertise, Alchemist CDC will develop the Alchemist Public Market (APM), a self-sustaining, place-based infill project that brings these three programs together.
Alchemist Public Market will offer the amenities needed to enable under-served entrepreneurs to start new food businesses, provide workforce development for workers with high barriers to employment, create an attractive and energetic community gathering place, and offer low-income neighbors access to quality food from local producers. When constructed on the .82 acres owned by Alchemist CDC in Sacramento’s River District, APM will be an all-electric campus including a shared-use incubator kitchen, a social enterprise café, a retail store featuring products from small Sacramento makers and grocery staples, and a co-working office. It will also be home to 8 small incubator restaurants with a shared outdoor food court, ample shade structures, a weekly farmers’ market, an inclusive playground, and more.
Alchemist Public Market is one of three Food-Anchored Resiliency Hubs within the City of Sacramento to be selected for participation in Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP). LFLP is a federally funded program that supports community-led efforts to reinvest in existing neighborhoods, protects the environment, and improves residents’ health and quality of life through the development of the local food economy.