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Civil Pops


1 full- and 5 part- time employees.


Civil Pops crafts handmade, organic ice pops using whole fruit and sweetened with organic cane sugar or agave syrup. Civil Pops was a venture launched by Civil Labs in summer of 2016. Co-founders Graham Gardner and Isaac Buwembo of Civil Labs launched it with the goal to empower entrepreneurial young leaders of color to create change in their community. In this unique venture, the youth get to bring their own ideas to the table to expand and shape the business, and work together to make the best of those ideas happen.

The magic starts at the farmers market for flavor inspiration, then goes back to their Emeryville kitchen space for workshopping, then returns to the farmers market, where the ice pops are sold.


Civil Pops sources as much as they can locally, from fruit to kitchen supplies. The produce featured in any given pop is from local farms, in season, and organic.

Fun Fact

To help brainstorm new flavors, the team at Civil Pops sometimes invite their farmers market customers to tell them what flavors they would like to see.


Oakland, California


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »