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
- 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.