EFOD awards TESLA mixed-capital grant to acquire T-shirt shop
The Electric Smoothie Lab Apothecary (TESLA) has acquired a local screen printing shop in North Oakland! Thanks to a generous grant and investment from the EFOD Fund (Equitable Food Oriented Development), and support from our fiscal sponsor, Planting Justice, we are taking over the former site of The Grease Diner on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, near Ashby Ave.
We aim to continue the legacy that The Grease Diner established, serving the local and international community with custom screen printing, classes, art, and more. We are honored to be working with local expert printers who are training and helping us get established.
TESLA will continue its work with youth to produce, distribute, and sell Electric Smoothies, offer health and healing information, write and publish zines, learn about food justice, and more. The screen printing shop will give our youth interns the opportunity to learn the process of screen printing, collaborate with artists and makers worldwide, make money through fulfillment of print orders, manage customer relations, and develop innovative ways of producing art and other goods and services with equity, dignity, and love.
Contact us to place a custom print order or inquire about our electric smoothies.
TESLA educates young people who reside in food deserts about the power of health and healing through sourcing local fruits and vegetables, blending green smoothies, and distributing them to local communities free of charge. The youth get a deep overview of the circumstances that create food deserts while simultaneously learning the power of their own agency to transform their health and their communities. They learn how to source, grow, and handle food properly, practices for appropriate distribution, as well as cutting-edge nutrition education.
The Electric Smoothies will continue to be available free of charge to residents of food deserts while being offered on a sliding scale to local businesses, corporations, residents, and supporters. We will also be producing T-shirts, tote bags, posters, and other printed materials available by custom order and for sale, and we’ll host classes, studio rental, events, and collaborations.
Support our work
Please consider supporting The Electric Smoothie Lab Apothecary and Printshop with a tax-deductible charitable donation. You can also support us by placing an advance screen printing order, or, if you have time and skills to offer, please let us know through our contact form.