Sharing What we Grow

We distribute free food to Oakland schools, free produce to Sobrante Park residents from our nursery each Friday, and free green smoothies to low food access places like housing encampments and Fruitvale Bart. Twice a week, youth education participants and paid youth interns serve 100s of fresh smoothies made from food they’ve grown in their school gardens and the Mother Farm. We’re working on a mobile farmer’s market truck that will make 15 weekly stops from Oakland to Richmond to demonstrate our holistic model for building local food systems by and for people living in food deserts.

Better Neighborhood, Same Neighbors

Sobrante Park, where many of our staff are from, has no access to organic produce, no green space, and very few trees. In partnership with the City of Oakland and through the Better Neighborhood Same Neighbors Initiative, we go door to door to plant free fruit trees and design block-by-block planting plans to increase healthy food access and urban canopy cover.

The Impact
Free smoothies distributed a year
Free fruit trees planted for residents of deep East Oakland
    • Planting Justice opened doors for me I never thought possible. In this environment, you’re not a number, you’re a person. You get encouraged to be in leadership positions, to introduce new things to the program. You have a lot of room to grow.

      1. Sol Mercado, Re-entry Coordinator
        Planting Justice since 2020