12 SoCal Food System-Focused Organizations that Need Your Support
November 27, 2018 | seedstock
As Seedstock is based in Southern California we wanted to make you aware of 12 organizations in the area focused on food access, community gardening, food justice, local food system development, fighting food waste, and food education that you can support. We probably missed a number of organizations, so please post your organization’s info in the comments section below to add it to the list. Happy Giving!!!
Our mission is to strengthen communities by building and supporting community gardens where every person in Los Angeles County can grow healthy food in their neighborhood. The Los Angeles Community Garden Council manages 40 community gardens and offers advice, workshops, and community organizing assistance to more than 125 community gardens in Los Angeles County, serving more than 6,000 families. Donate here!
2. Food Forward
Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. The organization collects fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. 100% of the produce we recover is donated to hunger relief agencies across 8 counties in Southern California. The food that Food Forward recovers reaches over 100,000 people a month across Southern California. Donate here!
3. LA Compost
L.A. Compost is a sustainable movement that promotes healthy, conscious communities. Our mission is to equip and empower people to facilitate their own green spaces. This is accomplished through programming that diverts food and yard waste from landfills to create compost, supports edible school gardens, and partners with communities to establish their own composting systems. Donate here!
Huerta Del Valle’s mission is to cultivate an organization of community members to grow our own organic crops. Through growing our food we work toward sustainable community empowerment and health: creating meaningful work, building lasting skills and developing strong relationships within the city of Ontario. “Growing change in the Inland Valley.” Donate here!
The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) is a collective impact initiative, working to make Southern California a Good Food region for everyone—where food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable. Through policy creation and cooperative relationships, our goals are to reduce hunger, improve public health, increase equity in our communities, create good jobs, stimulate local economic activity, and foster environmental stewardship. In particular, the LAFPC aims to connect environmental sustainability and local agriculture with efforts to expand access to healthy food in historically disenfranchised communities. Donate here!
At OC Food Access, we are developing innovative, community-based strategies to end hunger and deliver nutrition – not just calories – to the underserved in our community. The Coalition was founded in 2010 in response to a call for county-wide coordinated action among hunger, health and food systems stakeholders. Together we work to define the gaps in services and resources that prevent healthy food access, and ultimately help define and implement sustainable solutions to hunger. Donate here!
Cooperative Extension’s mission is to develop and extend research-based information that solves problems and improves practices in agriculture and natural resources, promotes healthy eating habits to improve the lives of Californians, and fosters the development of California youth into contributing members of society. Donate here!
8. Farm Lot 59
Started in 2010 with the help of local residents and the City of Long Beach we built Farm Lot 59, a nonprofit, biodynamic farm located at 2714 California Ave, Long Beach CA 90755. We believe in the direct connection between farmer and consumer and the transparency needed to really understand our local food system. We understand our small farm will not be able to feed the 500,000 residents of this diverse city so we focus on teaching the next level of citizen farmers. Donate here!
LA Green Grounds is a grassroots organization of volunteers dedicated to working with residents of South Los Angeles, California to convert their front lawns and parkways into edible landscapes and urban farms. Residents host a garden “Dig-in” when this work happens. Inviting family, friends, neighbors, and volunteers to participate, creates a sense of community. Everyone learns how to convert lawns into edible landscapes that encourage and inspire neighborhoods to” grow their own”. Donate here!
10. Kiss the Ground
Kiss The Ground works to restore soils worldwide by promoting and developing models that accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture. We create media, campaigns and educational curriculum that raise awareness and empower individuals to take action. Behind the scenes, we connect and work with a wide range of stakeholders – farmers, educators, brands, NGOs, scientists and policy makers – to advocate for regenerative agriculture and the restoration of healthy soil worldwide. Donate here!
Riverside Food Systems Alliance seeks to establish and grow a resilient and productive local food and agriculture system that provides a year round supply, supports community involvement, and enables profitable enterprises for farmers and allied businesses while providing for the needs of the community and the sustainable use of natural resources. Donate here!
The Garden School Foundation believes teaching in garden classrooms helps students to foster a relationship with the earth and their food, creating a healthier generation. Donate here!