Fremont High School

4610 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

Planting Justice led weekly workshops at Fremont High School from September 2010 until May 2018. The garden was built and maintained by current and former students and had 10 raised beds, 8 fruit trees with an understory of perennial berries and herbs, a three-bin composting system, and dope mural. Planting Justice first partnered with Pamela Zimmerman's art class when it was still Mandela High School. The following school year we began working in the afterschool program, offering juniors and seniors academic credit for their ongoing participation. Then we started partnering on a weekly basis with teachers on campus, including Patricia Arabia, for students to explore food justice issues, learn simple nutritious recipes, and practice permaculture design in their organic garden on campus. We then worked with the Latino Men and Boys program to help these young men build their leadership skills, reconnect with the earth, and develop their entrepreneurial projects. Fremont High School is currently under reconstruction and unfortunately, these renovations meant that the beautiful garden was bulldozed in the summer of 2018. We are committed to our relationship with Fremont and rebuilding a garden once the campus renovations are complete! 

 
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McClymonds High School

2607 Myrtle St, Oakland, CA 94607

 Planting Justice has been leading weekly workshops at McClymonds High School since March 2012. The organic garden was built and maintained by Mac students and currently has 24 raised beds and 6 fruit trees as well as a three-bin composting system. Planting Justice first partnered with Jeremy Namkung's advisory class and the following year began partnering with the McClymonds Youth and Family Center to offer workshops twice a week in the afterschool program. We now also offer workshops during the school day in partnership with teachers, currently Mr. Grace and Mr. Curry, for students to apply their knowledge using hands-on activities, develop social entrepreneurship skills, and take home the organic produce grown in their garden.

 

Keller Plaza Apartments

5321 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Planting Justice has been leading weekly workshops at this affordable housing apartment complex since March 2010. The garden has 11 raised beds as well as a three-bin composting system and it is always open to the residents. Tylen Lee has participated in this program since he was nine years old, and now at fourteen he is the youth leader, learning and applying permaculture design, simple nutritious recipes, and arts-based activities that connect work in the garden to community struggles for social justice. Keller Plaza Apartments were previously managed by Christian Church Homes and is now managed by The John Stewart Company.

 

Insight Garden Program at San Quentin State Prison

H-Unit, San Quentin, CA 94964

Planting Justice has been collaborating with the Insight Garden Program (IGP) since April 2009. We facilitate IGP classes in the H-unit twice a month to provide men in prison the opportunity to learn about food justice issues, develop landscaping skills, and apply permaculture design principles in their gardens on the prison yard. In 2003, IGP built a 1,600 square foot native plant and flower garden and in November 2012, Planting Justice helped the men in the program to build their organic vegetable garden. Currently, all the food is being donated to men in re-entry and their families as well as local Bay Area charities serving low-income communities. Planting Justice offers a holistic re-entry program and we currently have more than 15 people on staff who were formerly imprisoned, whether at San Quentin or other institutions.  

 

Camp Sweeney and Juvenile Justice Center

Alameda County

Since March 2015, Planting Justice has been leading young men incarcerated at this juvenile institution in the construction and maintenance of six terraced garden beds, each about fifty feet long. The garden is a place of respite for the youth, where they're able to channel their energies and the young men reported that they found watering, weeding and harvesting to be therapeutic. The young men make nutritious recipes and learn about local and historical food justice issues, holistic wellness, and meditation and mindfulness. In May 2016, staff at the Juvenile Justice Center raised $5,000 and organized with Planting Justice to lead the young men in building a garden with 10 more raised beds.