Planting Justice is an educational food justice organization in Oakland, California with an ecological business model. With a green jobs training program, they offer a “Transform Your Yard” service and have transformed over 80 yards into food gardens. For every three full-paying clients, they create a subsidized garden for a low-income client or community. Gardens have given hundreds of pounds of produce to local foodbank as well as to residents.
In one day, trainees, volunteers and residents transform a lawn into a permaculture garden.
A collaborative learning experience, participants practice systems thinking. As they plant and as the garden evolves, participants learn about local food systems and food justice while also developing green job skills.
In the San Quentin prison community garden project, gardeners who volunteered as prison inmates then can re-enter the community with part-time gardening jobs at Planting Justice.