Alchemist Community Development Corporation was founded in 2004 by three graduate students in the UC Davis Masters program in Community Development: Wendy Carter, Lisa Nelson and Chris Aguirre. They also believed that the resources of the University could be shared to support the revival and preservation of the rich ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity in Sacramento’s historic and unique urban neighborhoods.
In the years that followed we have continued to be responsive to residents and community partners that continue to express a need for improved access to healthy foods through projects such as healthy convenience store transformations and CalFresh processing at Farmers’ Markets, combined with opportunities for youth development and nutrition education.
Currently Alchemist CDC is staffed by a handful of full and part-time employees as well as a devoted volunteer team that makes our work possible.
Alchemist Community Development Corporation is an established non-profit in Sacramento, focusing on increasing access to basic services and increasing participation opportunities for all Sacramento County. This includes a number of programs such as:
Managing EBT (formerly Foodstamps) processing at the 9 area farmers' market. These booths are dependent on volunteers to run and staff the weekly markets, and include customer assistance and vendor relations.
Green Space revitalization in South Sacramento. This program works with community residents to take back lots that have fallen into disuse and re-imagining the space so it can work to improve the neighborhood.
Corner Store Make-Overs is an ongoing project where we assist store owners in their efforts to provide fresh produce and healthier food options to communities with low food access.