Fremont High School
4610 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
Planting Justice has been leading weekly workshops at Fremont High School since September 2010. The garden was built and maintained by current and former students and has 10 raised beds, 8 fruit trees with an understory of perennial berries and herbs, a three-bin composting system, and dope mural. Planting Justice first partnered with Pamela Zimmerman's Art class when it was still Mandela High School. The following school year we began working in the afterschool program, offering juniors and seniors academic credit for their ongoing participation. Then we started partnering on a weekly basis with teachers on campus, including Patricia Arabia, for students to explore food justice issues, learn simple nutritious recipes, and practice permaculture design in their organic garden on campus. We currently work with the Latino Men and Boys program to help these young men build their leadership skills, reconnect with the earth, and develop their entrepreneurial projects.
McClymonds High School
2607 Myrtle St, Oakland, CA 94607
Planting Justice has been leading weekly workshops at McClymonds High School since March 2012. The organic garden was built and maintained by Mac students and currently has 24 raised beds and 6 fruit trees as well as a three-bin composting system. Planting Justice first partnered with Jeremy Namkung's advisory class and the following year began partnering with the McClymonds Youth and Family Center to offer workshops twice a week in the afterschool program. We now also offer workshops during the school day in partnership with teachers, currently Mr. Grace and Mr. Curry, for students to apply their knowledge using hands-on activities, develop social entrepreneurship skills, and take home the organic produce grown in their garden.
Keller Plaza Apartments
5321 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Planting Justice has been leading weekly workshops at this affordable housing apartment complex since March 2010. The garden has 11 raised beds as well as a three-bin composting system and it is always open to the residents. Tylen Lee has participated in this program since he was nine years old, and now at fourteen he is the youth leader, learning and applying permaculture design, simple nutritious recipes, and arts-based activities that connect work in the garden to community struggles for social justice. Keller Plaza Apartments were previously managed by Christian Church Homes and is now managed by The John Stewart Company.
Insight Garden Program at San Quentin State Prison
H-Unit, San Quentin, CA 94964
Planting Justice has been collaborating with the Insight Garden Program (IGP) since April 2009. We facilitate IGP classes in the H-unit twice a month to provide men in prison the opportunity to learn about food justice issues, develop landscaping skills, and apply permaculture design principles in their gardens on the prison yard. In 2003, IGP built a 1,600 square foot native plant and flower garden and in November 2012, Planting Justice helped the men in the program to build their organic vegetable garden. Currently, all the food is being donated to men in re-entry and their families as well as local Bay Area charities serving low-income communities. Planting Justice offers a holistic re-entry program and we currently have more than 15 people on staff who were formerly imprisoned, whether at San Quentin or other institutions.
Stanislaus County Juvenile Detention Facility, Modesto
Since June 2014, Planting Justice has been offering seasonal workshops for youth who have grown up in the surrounding Central Valley area and are incarcerated at the Juvenile Detention Facility. The organic garden was built and maintained by the youth and includes 12 raised vegetable beds, an herb spiral, and 3 fruit trees with a perennial understory of herbs and berries. Participants learn and apply permaculture techniques in their garden such as companion planting, seasonal crop rotation, and integrated pest management. In the culinary classroom they learn simple nutritious recipes and mindfulness practices and have an opportunity to share their firsthand knowledge of how the industrial agricultural model exploits its labor and poisons our bodies. Much of the harvest is incorporated into the meals served to all youth at this juvenile detention facility.
Camp Sweeney and Juvenile Justice Center
Since March 2015, Planting Justice has been leading young men incarcerated at this juvenile institution in the construction and maintenance of six terraced garden beds, each about fifty feet long. The garden is a place of respite for the youth, where they're able to channel their energies and the young men reported that they found watering, weeding and harvesting to be therapeutic. The young men make nutritious recipes and learn about local and historical food justice issues, holistic wellness, and meditation and mindfulness. In May 2016, staff at the Juvenile Justice Center raised $5,000 and organized with Planting Justice to lead the young men in building a garden with 10 more raised beds.
Afrika Town Community Garden/Qilombo, Oakland
Planting Justice supports the radical organizing efforts of Qilombo, which is serving the community during these times of intensive gentrification, systemic oppression, and displacement, while also striving to empower those whose political and economic voices have been marginalized. In November 2014, Danae Martinez, an adjunct professor of African-American studies at San Francisco State University, Merritt College, and Laney College asked Planting Justice to support Qilombo in building their community garden, and we led over 250 of her students in building 15 raised beds and planting fruiting shrubs along the fenceline. Since then, Qilombo’s Afrika Town Community Garden has become an urban haven where the community can harvest at will and is often served free meals by Qilombo volunteers. The beautiful mural project was led by Community Rejuvenation Project in March 2015. Planting Justice continues to support the work of Qilombo volunteers by offering workshops in self-care, medicine making, harvesting and maintenance.