Planting Justice is a 501 C(3) non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA dedicated to food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems.  The mission of Planting Justice is to democratize access to affordable, nutritious food by empowering disenfranchised urban residents with the skills, inspiration, and paid opportunities they need to maximize food production and natural beauty in their neighborhoods. We are the first organization of our kind to combine ecological training and urban food production with a grassroots door-to-door organizing model that will vastly increase our educational community outreach, help us to recruit volunteers, decentralize our fundraising sources, and provide local jobs that also train young community organizers.

We bring community members together to create replicable, energy- and water-efficient gardens that demonstrate how it is possible to grow a complete nutritional diet – including the production of fish, eggs, nuts, edible mushrooms, goat milk, vegetables, fruit, herbs, jam and honey – right where 80% of U.S. residents live: in the city.  Whereas edible landscaping and Permaculture have thus far been available only to those who can pay a premium for it, our organizational model enables us to empower economically disadvantaged communities to transform empty lots, paved backyards, and grass lawns into productive organic gardens that serve as living classrooms for community members to practice Urban Permaculture and bio-intensive gardening techniques.

We need your help!!  We are looking for people who can help our non-profit purchase empty lots in Oakland, Richmond, and West Berkeley that can be transformed into nurseries and ecological training sites.  We are also looking for collaborators, media, volunteers, and general financial support.  Feel free to contact us!!


2 Responses to “About this Non Profit”

  1. Dear JusticePlanters,

    We love what you are doing. Inspiring! Alot of people are starting to do much the same up here in Portland, Oregon. We also want local gardeners – especially community gardeners on bigger parcels – to consider allowing a homeless person or two (or three…) to camp out in their garden space. They can help keep watch, and maybe do a few chores like weeding – in exchange for some fresh vegies and a right to keep their tents pitched.

    Just want to wish you folks well down there in Cali. We’re glad you’re teaching so many people to see their urban landscapes so differently.


  2. Bernard said


    Please look over our website and plans for our Grassroots Economy Festival in Sept. We would like you to consider participation.

    Let me know if you are interested and I will send off an invitation.



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