Planting Justice

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Planting Justice

How our neighbors are growing a sustainable urban agricultural movement and how we can do it as well.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Gavin Raders


EarthRise Transformative Learning Center
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, California 94952
United States

Planting Justice (PJ) is an innovator and leader in the health justice, food justice, and sustainable urban agriculture movements. Our programs create tangible and scalable solutions to health inequities in our community through highly effective activities that improve community wellness by empowering urban residents to grow their own healthy food and build community, while creating living-wage career opportunities for people with barriers to employment in our communities.

Since 2009 our flagship Transform Your Yard (TYY) program has built 400 urban gardens throughout the CA Bay Area (across six bay area counties), both via free/sliding-scale installations for low-income families, schools, and organizations, and via full-contribution clients, which subsidize the costs for our low income/sliding scale constituents. Our Commercial Urban Farm program includes a 2 acre fruit tree nursery and aquaponics farm in East Oakland and a 5 acre, 1000-tree orchard in El Sobrante. Our Education Program conducts preventative wellness and gardening curriculum with a focus on nutrition, culinary arts, and cultural relevancy in high schools, affordable housing complexes, and community locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including at San Quentin State Prison and other correctional facilities.

Perhaps most importantly, we create living-wage jobs in our food and health education programs, for the low-income youth and formerly incarcerated people who come through our educational programming, with a starting wage of $17.50/hr plus benefits, to help drive new careers in sustainable urban agriculture for people most effected by environmental and health inequities. Since 2009, we have created 30 re-entry jobs for formerly incarcerated people, who parole directly from San Quentin into a job at Planting Justice. Lastly, our Grassroots Canvass Program generates a steady stream of new clients for our Transform Your Yard and Education programs, recruits new donors to PJ, and educates the general public about health, well-being, and sustainability. Together, these combined programs exemplify an innovative model for promoting public health, based on environmental education, healthy food, local empowerment and financial sustainability activities for low-income and underserved communities.

While Planting Justice advocates for better policies, we do not wait for governments to make the necessary changes that we need to create an environmentally safe and economically just world for the next 7 generations. So at Planting Justice, with our 40 incredible staff members, we are voting with our actions every day to create a replicable and scalable model for food justice and economic empowerment.

We bury our seeds and wait. Winter blocks the roads. Flowers are taken prisoner underground. But then, green justice tenders a spear. ~ Rumi

Event Schedule:
- 6 PM: One hour for socializing and eating dinner
- 7 PM: 30 minutes for welcome, announcements and introductions
- 7:30 PM: One hour for our guest speaker's presentation
- 8:30 PM: 30 minutes for Questions and Answers
- 9 PM: We close the event, allowing time for post-event commingling and cleaning before leaving by 10 PM.

About the Presenter(s): 

Gavin Raders is a co-founder and Executive Director of Planting Justice, a social justice activist, and a permaculture teacher. He dedicates his time to practicing permaculture wherever he can, having gone through extensive training with some of the most inspiring and effective permaculture teachers in the world. He studied cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley, and organized on a range of anti-nuclear, environmental and human rights issues both on campus and off. He has knocked on nearly 30,000 doors as a community organizer with Peace Action West.

Gavin comes to permaculture and ecological design through a social justice framework which recognizes the right of all people to peace, security, housing, healthy food, clean water, jobs and healthcare, and the rights of future generations to a just and livable world. Gavin says: My wife and I worry about the kind of world we are leaving to our children, and we use those concerns to mobilize us. We are driven to use our gifts, and do whatever we can in however small of ways, to bring more joy, peace, and justice into the people and world around us. We trust fully that the ripple effects of our actions extend far out in ways we will never know, and create their own ripple effects. In concert with millions and millions of interconnected global justice activists, and with the help of Nature, we are creating the world we wish to see. You can see their 10 acre project in El Sobrante, Eastern Contra Costa County:

Event Cost: 

$20 suggested donation. Make checks payable to IONS. Please bring a dish to share if you can join our 6-7 pm potluck.