Grow Food | Grow Jobs | Grow Community
Since 2009 Planting Justice has built over 400 edible permaculture gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, worked with five high-schools to develop food justice curriculum and created 20 green jobs for men transitioning from prison in the food justice movement
We work to address the structural inequalities that have become embedded in our industrialized food system:
- the systemic exploitation of food system workers (especially undocumented farm and kitchen workers)
- the lack of access to fresh, nutritious food in low-income communities of color
- our culture's over-reliance on packaged, processed food that is killing our bodies and our environment
We are transforming the food system one garden at a time. In the last 6 years, our team of formerly incarcerated landscapers has built over 400 edible gardens throughout the East Bay, empowering hundreds of people to grow their own food. Now, we're cultivating urban farms and training centers that will dramatically increase the scope and scale of this work.
By building a local, sustainable food system, we can create thousands of green jobs. We provide living wages ($17.50/hr starting wage) and comprehensive health insurance to all our employees because our communities have been starved for good jobs for far too long. By investing in food workers, we can reinvigorate our local economy, increasing access to fresh produce AND meaningful employment.
We believe that communities should challenge the structural inequalities where they live, work, and play that negatively impact their health and well-being while seeking to have equal access to environmental goods including: green space, public transportation, and nutritious/affordable food.
We believe that everybody deserves to be treated with respect and have equal access to food, jobs, and education.