Planting Justice Staff



Food Justice Education Program


Transform Your Yard Program


Andrew Chahrour - Transform Your Yard Program Director

Andrew grew up in Ohio and got his BA in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. In Ohio and Pennsylvania, he was exposed to a variety of Midwestern agricultural systems, both conventional and organic. Andrew's degree in Environmental Studies led him to a job with the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming where he worked to produce digital maps of aspen stands, whose recession across the Western US has been poorly understood. After the completion of this assignment, Andrew moved to Boston where he co-founded ConsumerConscience, a wiki-based website devoted to ethical consumerism. Soon thereafter, Andrew moved to the Bay Area and began working with the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture as a volunteer. Andrew built the new Planting Justice website and he continues to bring technology solutions to Planting Justice that increase our capacity to do our work. In his free time, Andrew builds websites for other non-profits, plays ultimate frisbee, climbs rocks, and chases after his dog.

Any inquiries, please contact andrew@plantingjustice.org

Salvador Mateo - Permaculture Designer and Site Manager

For inquiries, please contact Sal@plantingjustice.org

Kevin Williams - Permaculture Designer For inquiries, please contact Kevin@plantingjustice.org

Kevin Williams - Permaculture Designer

For inquiries, please contact Kevin@plantingjustice.org

Julius Jones - Permaculture Landscaper Julius Jones is a Landscaper with the Transform Your Yard program and is happy to be apart of the Board of Directors. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Berkeley, CA. He enjoys long hikes, rockclimbing, and training Roller pigeons bred for color, speed, depth, and flying. Since he has been apart of Planting Justice, Julius has learned so much from his fellow staff members and he has lost an incredible 60 pounds! The more he works, the more energy he accumulates to do the job efficiently. He is a hardworker to the team and always wants to learn from others. As the years approach, Julius sees lots of progress from the community to want to participate in building gardens all over, knowing that it takes hard work and dedication to see the glorious outcome of having a garden for resident in our community. To have one of these glorious gardens put together in your yard means a lot of love and want to live healthier. :)

Julius Jones - Permaculture Landscaper

Julius Jones is a Landscaper with the Transform Your Yard program and is happy to be apart of the Board of Directors. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Berkeley, CA. He enjoys long hikes, rockclimbing, and training Roller pigeons bred for color, speed, depth, and flying. Since he has been apart of Planting Justice, Julius has learned so much from his fellow staff members and he has lost an incredible 60 pounds! The more he works, the more energy he accumulates to do the job efficiently. He is a hardworker to the team and always wants to learn from others. As the years approach, Julius sees lots of progress from the community to want to participate in building gardens all over, knowing that it takes hard work and dedication to see the glorious outcome of having a garden for resident in our community. To have one of these glorious gardens put together in your yard means a lot of love and want to live healthier. :)

Siddiqqi Osibin - Permaculture Landscaper Siddiqqi Osibin is a permaculture landscaper for Planting Justice.  He grew up in North Oakland, CA and appreciates working in his home town. Siddiqqi enjoys bike riding, walking, astronomy and his new found love which is planting and designing sustainable edible gardens.  He is currently attending a permaculture design course through P2R and is excited about plant identification and taxonomy.  His positive spirit and strong work ethic is an important asset to the team.

Siddiqqi Osibin - Permaculture Landscaper

Siddiqqi Osibin is a permaculture landscaper for Planting Justice.  He grew up in North Oakland, CA and appreciates working in his home town. Siddiqqi enjoys bike riding, walking, astronomy and his new found love which is planting and designing sustainable edible gardens.  He is currently attending a permaculture design course through P2R and is excited about plant identification and taxonomy.  His positive spirit and strong work ethic is an important asset to the team.

Grassroots Organizing Program


Or Rabinowiz - Permaculture Designer Following his love for the natural world, Or received his Bachelor's degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz. His main passions include environmental, social, and personal sustainability. He puts his passions into action through his work with Planting Justice and Be Present, two incredible non-profits. Since the start of 2012, he has been working as a Permaculture Designer/Team Leader for Planting Justice. He co-facilitates workshops in the Be Present Empowerment Model, a tool for dialogue, developing effective relationships, and addressing the impact of race, gender, class, power, and other divides, on our personal and collective well being. His passion for social sustainability has led him to explore different forms of intentional community and cooperative living. He currently lives in a coop house that he helped found and where he enjoys coming home to good food, music, games, and a group of friends who are committed to working through some of the tougher issues that come up when living communally. 

Or Rabinowiz - Permaculture Designer

Following his love for the natural world, Or received his Bachelor's degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz. His main passions include environmental, social, and personal sustainability. He puts his passions into action through his work with Planting Justice and Be Present, two incredible non-profits. Since the start of 2012, he has been working as a Permaculture Designer/Team Leader for Planting Justice. He co-facilitates workshops in the Be Present Empowerment Model, a tool for dialogue, developing effective relationships, and addressing the impact of race, gender, class, power, and other divides, on our personal and collective well being. His passion for social sustainability has led him to explore different forms of intentional community and cooperative living. He currently lives in a coop house that he helped found and where he enjoys coming home to good food, music, games, and a group of friends who are committed to working through some of the tougher issues that come up when living communally. 

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Daniel Alper - Outreach Coordinator

Daniel Francis Alper has been rocking the streets with the PJ Canvass team since June, 2013. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University and has been living in Oakland for the past two years. Having grown up in the world of musical theater, Daniel is passionate about transforming the sidewalk into a venue for inspirational performance and food justice activism. In the kitchen, Daniel prepares vegetarian curry dishes and cakes made from scratch, with his signature specialty of fresh fruit infused frostings. In his free time, Daniel likes to read fantasy books and study foreign languages. 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Dunigan - Grassroots Organizer

I grew up on a ranch in the Sierra Nevadas of Northern California amongst nothing but trees, animals, and my 6 brothers and sisters.  Ironically never growing food besides the animals, i've always been a country side obsessor.  Going to school in the Bay Area gave me the perfect counter balance to my isolated upbringing and showed me what city life could and is all about.  In comes Planting Justice to bridge the gap for me.  Cities have cut us off from the earth and all that the earth has to offer us.  We at PJ get to bring us all back to mother earth and unlock her wild secrets of food, healing, and love.  If you see me out on the street, don't worry, I won't bite.........hard.

  

 

Alyse Toulouse - Grassroots Organizer

For a good portion of my childhood I lived in Pacific Grove, California surrounded by ocean, forests and monarch butterflies.  When we moved to the middle of nowhere in Clatskanie/Rainier I experienced culture shock; We were in the country between two tiny towns. Clatskanie had one very expensive grocery store we couldn't afford and Rainier had eighteen bars, eleven churches and no grocery store. 

I learned the largest driver of deforestation worldwide is cattle ranches so I decided to go vegetarian at age 14.  As a teen I turned to informing myself about animal rights, climate change and anti-war politics and other ecological and social issues which all had validity and a stage when I visited Portland, Oregon, a great reprieve from the rural food desert I lived in.
 

At Cal I worked with a civil rights group on campus and ran for student government with the Defend Affirmative Action Party. I finished my Bachelors of Science at Berkeley majoring in Society and Environment, with a concentration in Justice and Sustainability. I am putting movements into action by organizing people and raising funds for Planting Justice so we as a world's people can learn from the mistakes we made in constructing our society, and work to re-build better structures for more equal life chances for all under-represented life forms including the world's poor and the ecosystems we rely on. I've been called by many "The Pitbull", because at work I grab on and don't let go. I love creatively communicating with the public and building the movement to end oppressive systems such as the prisons and food apartheid. Our community is such a powerful renewable resource and I am very passionate about ending the ways through which the system we operate under robs our communities, including through the prisons, substance abuse, ill mental health, poverty and isolation from each other. I whole-heartedly believe in the healing power of gardens and I love being able to help heal the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Forrest - Grassroots Organizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vernon Daley - Grassroots Organizer