Planting Justice Staff

executive Staff

Gavin raders - co-founder & Executive director

 

Gavin Raders is a co-founder and Executive Director of Planting Justice, a social justice activist, and a permaculture demonstrator/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: Geoff Lawton, Penny Livingston-Stark, Brock Dolman, Darren Dougherty, and Nik Bertulis. Before his stint as an intern at the Regenerative Design Institute, he studied cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley, and organized on a range of anti-war, anti-nuclear, environmental and human rights issues both on campus and off. He has knocked on nearly 30,000 doors in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada as a community organizer with Peace Action West.

He 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. For this to happen, he believes that Americans need to understand and respect the intimate connection and the shared fate we have with all people and all life on this planet, and organize effectively on the local level to come up with replicable and effective solutions to the range of hardships and oppressions we currently face. When families, communities, bio-regions, and nations work with nature instead of against her to provide their own sustainable food, water, and energy, this not only makes us more resilient, but also makes us less likely to violently take what they need from someone else. He is still riding on the inspiration and jolt of passion he experienced in India, studying and advocating for the right to water and against its privatization by massive water corporations (such as Coca-Cola). You can read the paper he published on the subject here:

Any inquiries, please contact: Gavin@plantingjustice.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haleh zandi

co-founder, director of education & Chair of Board of Directors

  Haleh Zandi is a co-founder and the Educational Director of Planting Justice. Her approach towards the food justice movement particularly draws connections between the United States dependence upon fossil fuels within the industrialized and globalized food system and the unjust militarization of the Middle East and South Asia.  She believes the modern colonial food system is in a paradigm of war, and she is dedicated to the ways in which diverse communities may build alliances and practice strategies that collectively resist the violence of the industrial food system and structurally shift the United States towards more ecologically sustainable and socially just methods for growing and sharing our food. She has taught over 200 workshops in our community gardens using Planting Justice's self-designed curriculum in food justice, culinary arts, and permaculture design. Haleh received her MA in Postcolonial Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Haleh is the proud mama of baby Azadeh.  Any inquiries, please contact haleh@plantingjustice.org

 

Haleh Zandi is a co-founder and the Educational Director of Planting Justice. Her approach towards the food justice movement particularly draws connections between the United States dependence upon fossil fuels within the industrialized and globalized food system and the unjust militarization of the Middle East and South Asia. 

She believes the modern colonial food system is in a paradigm of war, and she is dedicated to the ways in which diverse communities may build alliances and practice strategies that collectively resist the violence of the industrial food system and structurally shift the United States towards more ecologically sustainable and socially just methods for growing and sharing our food.

She has taught over 200 workshops in our community gardens using Planting Justice's self-designed curriculum in food justice, culinary arts, and permaculture design. Haleh received her MA in Postcolonial Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Haleh is the proud mama of baby Azadeh. 

Any inquiries, please contact haleh@plantingjustice.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eugene Allen - Deputy Director

  Planting Justice is so excited to bring our friend, Eugene Allen, on board as our Deputy Director. Eugene has been involved in the work of Be Present, Inc. for over 10 years, and was introduced to Planting Justice while co-facilitating a leadership development training for the organization. As a trainer and facilitator, Eugene has co-lead 6 National Training Institutes on Race, Gender, Power & Class. He has been part of the Be Present Training Team that has worked in partnership with a range of organizations using the Be Present  Empowerment Model® (BPEM) to help facilitate conversations, emerge key issues and support the organization to move toward its vision and goals. Organizations include the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Harvest Time, Youth for Environmental Sanity and its Community Alliance Initiative, and the Esalen Institute, Alameda County adoption services, and Planting Justice, and more.  Over the last 10 years Eugene has been using the BPEM® to make transformational changes in his life, family, and community. He brings to the circles of Planting Justice unique perspectives in which he shares in a graceful, articulate, and powerful presence. Eugene will be a welcomed edition to the bold work of Planting Justice, and in the position of Deputy Director looks forward to the task of co-creating beautiful, sustainable, health, and thriving environments for the staff of Planting Justice and all Human Beings, as well as partnering with other organizations and communities with a similar mission.

 

Planting Justice is so excited to bring our friend, Eugene Allen, on board as our Deputy Director. Eugene has been involved in the work of Be Present, Inc. for over 10 years, and was introduced to Planting Justice while co-facilitating a leadership development training for the organization. As a trainer and facilitator, Eugene has co-lead 6 National Training Institutes on Race, Gender, Power & Class. He has been part of the Be Present Training Team that has worked in partnership with a range of organizations using the Be Present  Empowerment Model® (BPEM) to help facilitate conversations, emerge key issues and support the organization to move toward its vision and goals. Organizations include the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Harvest Time, Youth for Environmental Sanity and its Community Alliance Initiative, and the Esalen Institute, Alameda County adoption services, and Planting Justice, and more. 

Over the last 10 years Eugene has been using the BPEM® to make transformational changes in his life, family, and community. He brings to the circles of Planting Justice unique perspectives in which he shares in a graceful, articulate, and powerful presence. Eugene will be a welcomed edition to the bold work of Planting Justice, and in the position of Deputy Director looks forward to the task of co-creating beautiful, sustainable, health, and thriving environments for the staff of Planting Justice and all Human Beings, as well as partnering with other organizations and communities with a similar mission.

Nicole deane - media & communications coordinator

  Nicole is a USC film school grad, media professional, and anti-racist organizer who is dedicated to building a world without prisons. As a member of Critical Resistance for the past 3 years, she has worked to stop jail/prison expansion and for the abolition of solitary confinement in California. When she's not making media magic for Planting Justice, you can find her working to increase political participation in disenfranchised communities at Oakland Alliance, or organizing white folks to strategically contribute to Black-led campaigns as the Co-Founder of CRC(A) - Community Ready Corps (Allies & Accomplices). 

 

Nicole is a USC film school grad, media professional, and anti-racist organizer who is dedicated to building a world without prisons. As a member of Critical Resistance for the past 3 years, she has worked to stop jail/prison expansion and for the abolition of solitary confinement in California. When she's not making media magic for Planting Justice, you can find her working to increase political participation in disenfranchised communities at Oakland Alliance, or organizing white folks to strategically contribute to Black-led campaigns as the Co-Founder of CRC(A) - Community Ready Corps (Allies & Accomplices). 

paul sheldon - development director

  An internationally-recognized authority on sustainable food planning, natural capitalism, and local community organizing, Paul is well-known in the fields of "greening corrections"; neighborhood planning; energy, water, and resource efficiency planning; sustainability; fund raising; and board development.  Through his articles, publications, and conference presentations, Paul has existing connections with correctional institutions and associations, as well as community-based support organizations in communities in Oakland, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Boulder, Denver, Indianapolis, Orlando, Lancaster (Ohio), New Mexico, New York, Kentucky, Texas, Kabul, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, and beyond. His work on energy efficiency in Alaska, economic and energy alternatives to coal plants on the Navajo Nation, and his background working on sustainable agriculture, energy, and water systems at Natural Capitalism Solutions (with his older sister, Hunter Lovins) prepared him well to support the work of Planting Justice.  Paul's recent Greening Corrections Technologies Guidebook, published by the National Institute of Justice, included Planting Justice as an example of successful, self-funding re-entry programs for formerly-incarcerated people.  Through his participation in such organizations as the American Correctional Association, the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, and the American Jails Association, as well as his extensive background with neighborhood development programs such as the Los Angeles-based TreePeople, and Boulder, CO's community energy planning process, Paul complements PJ’s existing fund raising, board development, and outreach to community-based organizations and leaders in providing resources and planning for continuing success as well as replication of PJs ‘s programs and activities in other regions.  

 

An internationally-recognized authority on sustainable food planning, natural capitalism, and local community organizing, Paul is well-known in the fields of "greening corrections"; neighborhood planning; energy, water, and resource efficiency planning; sustainability; fund raising; and board development.  Through his articles, publications, and conference presentations, Paul has existing connections with correctional institutions and associations, as well as community-based support organizations in communities in Oakland, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Boulder, Denver, Indianapolis, Orlando, Lancaster (Ohio), New Mexico, New York, Kentucky, Texas, Kabul, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, and beyond. His work on energy efficiency in Alaska, economic and energy alternatives to coal plants on the Navajo Nation, and his background working on sustainable agriculture, energy, and water systems at Natural Capitalism Solutions (with his older sister, Hunter Lovins) prepared him well to support the work of Planting Justice.  Paul's recent Greening Corrections Technologies Guidebook, published by the National Institute of Justice, included Planting Justice as an example of successful, self-funding re-entry programs for formerly-incarcerated people.  Through his participation in such organizations as the American Correctional Association, the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, and the American Jails Association, as well as his extensive background with neighborhood development programs such as the Los Angeles-based TreePeople, and Boulder, CO's community energy planning process, Paul complements PJ’s existing fund raising, board development, and outreach to community-based organizations and leaders in providing resources and planning for continuing success as well as replication of PJs ‘s programs and activities in other regions.  

EDUCATION TEAM 

Kelly Curry - educator

Kelly Curry is an author, publisher and social justice activist. She brings over 20 years of frontline, on the ground support of lower income communities of color through her development of life enhancing, ground shifting programs that promote health, well being and love.

A veteran of public and private foundation work in New York City, Kelly was influential in ushering in change around public children's after-school programming at the city level, which included development and successful operation of a living arts program for NYC Parks and Recreation Centers in Harlem. Through this program, Kelly worked with community kids to plant Harlem's first children's gardens.

Kelly continued this trajectory by delivering a living arts program to the the children of farm workers and homeless children in Southern California via The Living Love Foundation, where she acted as Director of Programming and Development. 

Kelly is currently focused on engaging committed, creative, sustainable change around food access for the citizens of East and West Oakland. She does this work in partnership with Planting Justice where she is a proud member of the Education Team. 

The Ed Team travels to prisons; high schools; elementary schools and street corners, sharing about the history of food systems in the US and blending and serving green smoothies.  

Transform Your Yard Team

julio madrigal - tyy site leader

Andrew chahrour - farm manager

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 researched the recession of Aspen stands, whose disappearance 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.  After working with MESA for 3 years, Andrew changed jobs in favor of more hands-on work with Planting Justice.  For the last 4.5 years, Andrew has been working with Planting Justice as a Permaculture Designer, designing and installing edible gardens for clients all over the East Bay.  And for fun - Andrew loves to play ultimate frisbee, climb rocks, windsurf, and play with his dog whenever he can!

Any inquiries, please contact andrew@plantingjustice.org

salvador mateo - permaculture designer & site manager

For inquiries, please contact Sal@plantingjustice.org

Nicole wires - permaculture designer

  Nicole Wires was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, where she made a promise to the mountains she loves to swim in every mountain stream, creak, river or lake that she comes across.  While her paid work does not define her, she loves working with the Transform Your Yard Team at Planting Justice as a permaculture designer, designing sustainable, California native, and edible landscapes for clients all over the Bay Area.  Her unpaid work includes organizing with the White Noise Collective, exploring the intersection of white privilege and gender oppression in the struggle for racial justice, and working to dismantle the prison industrial complex with the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Network and the Ella Baker Center.  She also loves to garden, read, dance, climb, hike, play guitar, drum, and explore.

 

Nicole Wires was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, where she made a promise to the mountains she loves to swim in every mountain stream, creak, river or lake that she comes across.  While her paid work does not define her, she loves working with the Transform Your Yard Team at Planting Justice as a permaculture designer, designing sustainable, California native, and edible landscapes for clients all over the Bay Area.  Her unpaid work includes organizing with the White Noise Collective, exploring the intersection of white privilege and gender oppression in the struggle for racial justice, and working to dismantle the prison industrial complex with the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Network and the Ella Baker Center.  She also loves to garden, read, dance, climb, hike, play guitar, drum, and explore.

 

 

kevin williams - permaculture designer

For inquiries, please contact Kevin@plantingjustice.org

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 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. :)

Troy Horton - Nursery Manager

Troy Horton was born and raised in Oakland. He learned about permaculture volunteering at Hayes Valley Farm, going on to earn three Permaculture Design Certificates, one with Merritt College. Troy worked with Christopher Shein of Wildheart Gardens installing permaculture landscapes and gardens throughout the East Bay. Excited to be managing the nursery for Planting Justice!

Troy Horton was born and raised in Oakland. He learned about permaculture volunteering at Hayes Valley Farm, going on to earn three Permaculture Design Certificates, one with Merritt College. Troy worked with Christopher Shein of Wildheart Gardens installing permaculture landscapes and gardens throughout the East Bay. Excited to be managing the nursery for Planting Justice!

   

 

 

alejandra cano

Alejandra Cano joined the Transform Your Yard team in August 2014. She has been contributing to the food justice movement in the Bay Area for several years and is very happy to now unite forces with Planting Justice. Alejandra grew up in Colombia and migrated to the United States as a teenager. She has kept close connection with her South American roots and has learned to flourish in community here in California. Alejandra studied Conservation & Resource Studies at the University of California Berkeley, minored in Sustainable Design & City Planning in Northern Europe, and has worked with food & social justice organizations such as the Oakland Food Policy Council, Food First, MESA, OTF, and Phat Beets Produce. Her experience in the U.S., Europe, and South America have made Alejandra very aware of the maladies and inequalities that stem from the industrialized and globalized food system. She's therefore committed to the cultivation of healthy, autonomous, and resilient communities around the world. Alejandra is passionate about healing in all its forms (mental, emotional, physical, trans-generational, +++) and tries to weave this into all her relations, include those she's co-creating at Planting Justice. Alejandra also enjoys making and sharing herbal medicine, cooking with friends, hanging out in nature, and building gardens!

maurice "Big mo" bell - permaculture landscaper & Media Apprentice 

  I am so excited to be here at Planting Justice. Since being released from San Quentin State Prison, I have been a part of this amazing team. I am a landscaper, but I have a lot of other active roles that I play such as canvasser and media apprentice. I am now learning a lot of new skills that I know will help me in the future. As of now, I really enjoy working for and with Planting Justice, mainly because they promote healthy food and a healthy life. But overall, they hired me at $17.50/hour, right out of prison! For that alone, I am really grateful. Being a part of Planting Justice has given me a sense of purpose and a more meaningful way of looking at life. Now I want to do a lot of great things for my city and my community. Thank you, Planting Justice! 

 

I am so excited to be here at Planting Justice. Since being released from San Quentin State Prison, I have been a part of this amazing team. I am a landscaper, but I have a lot of other active roles that I play such as canvasser and media apprentice. I am now learning a lot of new skills that I know will help me in the future. As of now, I really enjoy working for and with Planting Justice, mainly because they promote healthy food and a healthy life. But overall, they hired me at $17.50/hour, right out of prison! For that alone, I am really grateful. Being a part of Planting Justice has given me a sense of purpose and a more meaningful way of looking at life. Now I want to do a lot of great things for my city and my community. Thank you, Planting Justice! 

Dana Mitchell - Landscaper & Contractor 

  Peace my name is Dana Mitchell, native of the bay area, with most of my years raised in Oakland California, I Got a early start in nature as a youth in the 4-H club & formed a baseball team thru the club. These beginnings has help make me who I am today, from living a sustainable practice lifestyle to an health & wellness/ fitness coach. There's no way I wouldn't want to be a solid member of the great organization Planting Justice. There's nothing I have to change about myself to fit in because the aims & objectives are so similar. Goals I once thought I would be by myself doing, there's now a inspiring team I'm rolling with. I'm grateful beyond words to be the newest member of Planting Justice, see you all in the gardens of healing.

 

Peace my name is Dana Mitchell, native of the bay area, with most of my years raised in Oakland California, I Got a early start in nature as a youth in the 4-H club & formed a baseball team thru the club. These beginnings has help make me who I am today, from living a sustainable practice lifestyle to an health & wellness/ fitness coach. There's no way I wouldn't want to be a solid member of the great organization Planting Justice. There's nothing I have to change about myself to fit in because the aims & objectives are so similar. Goals I once thought I would be by myself doing, there's now a inspiring team I'm rolling with. I'm grateful beyond words to be the newest member of Planting Justice, see you all in the gardens of healing.

Bilal Coleman - Landscaper, Educator & Organizer

Bilal Coleman was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, CA. He is splitting his time at work between the Transform Your Yard team, the Education team, and the Canvass team, gaining valuable skills in each program, bringing his light to everyone on staff, and eventually discovering where his skills will best support this work. He is a parent of two and he enjoys spending time with both his children. He has a passion for health and personal fitness and giving back to the youth by sharing his personal experiences with the criminal justice system. He appreciates the way everyone at Planting Justice treats each other like family and has supported and accepted him as part of the family. 

Leo Orleans

Hiiiiiii! My name is Leo Orleans and I represent part of the nursery crew at Planting Justice.  My ultimate goal is to radicalize healing as a strategy towards decolonization and resisting neo-liberal globalization.  More importantly than that I hope to work collectively, in a multitude of creative ways that can resemble healing, to re-connect to our roots, our ancestors and our highest selves as we move forward building our ancient future. All we need to know is already inside of our blood so I live to serve the liberation of my Afro-Mexica root! Following the inspiration of my GrandMa, my justice work comes through kitchens, gardens and food systems engaged by radical Black queer Feminism and Education.  I practice Zapatismo. I am genderqueer warrior and use <them/they/their> for my gender pronouns. Saludos!

Hiiiiiii! My name is Leo Orleans and I represent part of the nursery crew at Planting Justice.  My ultimate goal is to radicalize healing as a strategy towards decolonization and resisting neo-liberal globalization.  More importantly than that I hope to work collectively, in a multitude of creative ways that can resemble healing, to re-connect to our roots, our ancestors and our highest selves as we move forward building our ancient future. All we need to know is already inside of our blood so I live to serve the liberation of my Afro-Mexica root! Following the inspiration of my GrandMa, my justice work comes through kitchens, gardens and food systems engaged by radical Black queer Feminism and Education.  I practice Zapatismo. I am genderqueer warrior and use <them/they/their> for my gender pronouns. Saludos!

darryl aikens - permaculture landscaper



Grassroots Organizing Program

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. 

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. 

alisia brown - grassroots organizer & educator

Born and raised in Oakland, Alisia has been working with Planting Justice for over 3 years. Alisia is passionate about serving disenfranchised youth in the Bay Area, empowering them with the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle, and mentoring them in living well and following their dreams. She is a mom to Dashanae, age 7, and hopes to open a Planting Justice Youth Center one day in the future. 

Born and raised in Oakland, Alisia has been working with Planting Justice for over 3 years. Alisia is passionate about serving disenfranchised youth in the Bay Area, empowering them with the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle, and mentoring them in living well and following their dreams. She is a mom to Dashanae, age 7, and hopes to open a Planting Justice Youth Center one day in the future. 

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.

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.

vernon dailey - grassroots organizer 

When I was locked up in San Quentin, I saw the flyer for the Insight Garden Program, saying they would teach us how to build gardens and, when we got released, someone called Planting Justice would hire us at $17.50/hour. People thought it must be BS - who would pay ex-cons $17.50/hour? But I decided to check it out. I started going to the class every week, and sure enough, when I made parole, Planting Justice offered me a job. That was four years ago. I've been through a lot of trials and tribulations - I got married, but my wife died of cancer last year. Through it all, Planting Justice has been a good job and provided a lot of support for me. I plan to stay working for PJ until I retire. They can't get rid of me that easy - they're gonna have to roll me out of here in a wheelchair! 

When I was locked up in San Quentin, I saw the flyer for the Insight Garden Program, saying they would teach us how to build gardens and, when we got released, someone called Planting Justice would hire us at $17.50/hour. People thought it must be BS - who would pay ex-cons $17.50/hour? But I decided to check it out. I started going to the class every week, and sure enough, when I made parole, Planting Justice offered me a job. That was four years ago. I've been through a lot of trials and tribulations - I got married, but my wife died of cancer last year. Through it all, Planting Justice has been a good job and provided a lot of support for me. I plan to stay working for PJ until I retire. They can't get rid of me that easy - they're gonna have to roll me out of here in a wheelchair! 


Anthony Forrest - Grass Roots Organizer

Planting Justice is the change I needed to change my life. I was locked up for over 25 years. I got out on a Wednesday, got married that Thursday, and started work on Monday. It's been four years now. Not only have I stayed out of prison, I've had seven speaking engagements and I made the cover of the East Bay Express! I also started my own business, a personal touch mobile detail company. I've got 10 guys on parole working for me. Thanks Planting Justice for giving me a better outlook on my life.