On a patch of compost and mulch overlooking Rosenblum Winery and the Port of Oakland sits a one-of-a-kind nursery specializing in native plants, education, job training, and permaculture (a whole-system approach using natural cycles and landscape to propagate crops). Ploughshares was started in partnership with the Alameda Point Collaborative to offer training to its clients. As a result of this program and ongoing volunteer efforts, the nursery now has a large number of native plants ornamental, medicinal, and culinary to offer the public. Staff and volunteers are working on cultivating more of the area into demonstration gardens. Nursery manager Michael Anderson knows a lot about native and climate-appropriate plants, and is at the nursery during open hours (Wednesdays through Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) to offer advice.