Founded in Oakland in 2013, Growing Together’s mission is to green our community’s schools and neighborhoods. We work for the health and sustainability of school communities through schoolyard greening, growing school gardens with youth, and increasing access to fresh food. We aim to support young people to connect with the living world around them.
Our staff includes educators, landscapers, naturalists, farmers, and parents from our schools. As a staff we have over 50 years combined specialized experience in hands-on outdoor education and garden + orchard stewardship.
In 2020, Growing Together began a deeper collaboration with our friends at Common Vision as an affiliate partner.
In response to the COVID 19 crisis, we have pivoted our programs towards providing fresh food for school communities (through our Farms to Communities program), and will be working on training teachers in outdoor education in the Fall of 2020.
Growing Together works on several different community food and environmental justice projects, including Farms to Families, and Schoolyard Greening. However, in the past, we were primarily a fruit tree planting organization. See below for a map of fruit trees planted in Oakland from 2013-2017.