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Want to support a vegetable garden at San Quentin State Prison?

Planting Justice and the Insight Garden Program are fundraising to build a vegetable garden in the medium security unit at San Quentin State Prison! This garden will provide a space for men participating in the Insight Garden Program to gain hands-on experience growing nutritious organic food using permaculture design techniques. All harvests will be donated to low-income families in the Bay Area.

Please donate here to help start this garden.

Support PJ and Learn About Aquaponics!

Exciting announcement!!

The friendly folks at Friendly Aquaponics are leading a 1 day intensive aquaponics course, IN OAKLAND, at a sliding scale!! And they are donating all the proceeds from the day to Planting Justice!

Register here!

When: Sunday May 26, 830 am - 530 pm

Where: the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, CA

How much: $40-100, no one turned away

contact: gavin@... for more info.

Please help us Spread The Word! Friendly Aquaponics has trained thousands of people at their certified organic commercial aquaponics farm in Hawaii, and now they're coming to Oakland to share their tried and true practices of growing an incredible amount of food in small spaces with 90% less water than conventional agriculture. Perfect for paved lots and urban agriculture where soils are nonexistent or too toxic! Hope to see you there. What you get: when you sign up for this benefit training, you will receive downloaded (only!) copies of our Micro System package ($99.95), TableTop Systems manual ($49.95), and Epoxy/Fiberglass/Plywood Tank Manual ($49.99), a total value of $199.89. You also get one day of live training with Susanne Friend and Tim Mann teaching aquaponics basics and small backyard aquaponics systems.

PJ Launches New Blog!

We are excited to announce the launch of Planting Justice's new Blog: Compost the Empire! We have spent the last few months working to build a shared space that we hope will serve as a repository for the food justice community. Members of the Planting Justice family, Food Justice organizations locally and nationally and members of our communty are welcomed to contribute! We plan to post instructional videos, permaculture techniques, interviews with clients, weekly columns, stories and poetry, cooking recipes and more! Compost the Empire blog has a built in community calendar and food justice forum.  Please consider subscribing to the blog if you are interested in keeping up to date with the work PJ and others are doing in the food justice movement!

New Pathways 2 Resilience program launch!

We're excited to launch Pathways 2 Resilience! This incredible opportunity empowers formerly incarcerated people to earn a $1000 stipend by completing a Permaculture Design Certification Course at Merritt College and a social entrepreneurship course at Impact Hub Oakland. Participants get access to job training in the growing green economy and support from a Case Manager to assist them in navigating the resources they need. 

Apply here!


Snap Pea Soiree!! Planting Justice Annual Fundraiser

On Friday April 11th, Planting Justice is hosting a Snap Pea Soiree to celebrate 5 years of making a difference in communities across the Bay Area.

Buy your ticket @ 

Where: Impact HUB Oakland (2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA)

When: April 11th from 6-10PM

Cost: $40-80 sliding scale (children under 12 free!)

Nobody turned away due to lack of funds!

Music by: Haji Basim, Earth Amplified, and Hip Hop for Change!

Food/Drinks:  locally sourced tapas, kombucha, wine and beer

The event will help to continue funding Planting Justice's core programs of bringing food justice education to the Bay Area, offering free garden installations for low-income residents, and paying a living wage to install community gardens. We invite you to join the growing food movement and help support the work of Planting Justice! 

The family-friendly Planting Justice Social will be healed at the brand new Impact Hub Oakland, bringing together community and sharing food, space and ideas. Tapas, beer, wine, local kumbcha are included in the ticket. Bring your dancing shoes as local artistes bring down the house! Honored guests include Haji Basim, Earth Amplified, and Hip Hop for Change! There will be a smorgasbord of silent auction items including many from local restaurants and foodstuffs-foodie's delight!