Our mission is to cultivate healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities
Our vision is that all youth are able to benefit from the joy and healing of nature-based outdoor education, and develop the tools, confidence and resources to navigate and challenge structural injustices.
We acknowledge that the gardens we steward and the schools at which we teach sit on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush (rah-my-toosh) Ohlone peoples, who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. We pay our respects to the human and non-human elders, past and present.
We know that our community expands beyond San Francisco, and want to encourage our friends and partners who live in the East Bay to pay the Shuumi Land Tax to the Sogorea’ Te Land Trust. For those who would like to learn more about the original habitants of the land on which they reside, please visit native-land.ca.
* An equitable food system is one that remediates injustices and creates a new paradigm in which all, including those most vulnerable and living in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color can fully participate, prosper, and benefit. It is a system that, from farm to table, from processing to disposal, ensures economic opportunity, high-quality jobs with living wages, safe working conditions, access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food, and environmental sustainability.
It revitalizes communities by building upon the existing strengths, wisdom, and experiences of local residents and is critical to a thriving, healthy, and sustainable future for all. (Thank you to PolicyLink for the great definition!)