Community Fruit Tree Plantings
We work with schools, afterschool programs and youth service agencies to run educational workshops for young people on food justice, environmental justice, plant propagation, permaculture principles, and more. We run a variety of programming including one time presentations, week long workshops, and semester long programming.
We are currently working consistently with students from Castlemont High School through our partner, SUDA, in East Oakland. We have worked with many other schools and programs including Westlake Middle school, Oakland International High School, ASCEND elementary, Park Day School, Stonehurst Elementary, Sojourner Truth Middle School, Berkeley High, Destiny Arts Center, Mindful Life Project and more to run tree plantings and fruit tree and food justice education.
During 2016- 2018 we will complete 5 larger planting projects at Hoover Elementary, RISE Community School, Brookfield Elementary, Ralph J Bunche High School, and the Oakland Zoo, in a project called Root to Rise: Oakland Youth Community Forestry funded by California ReLeaf.
In the fall of 2017, we also launched a food justice and cooking series at Castlemont H.S. in partnership with Phat Beets Produce and SUDA thanks to a generous grant from the Horner Foundation. See our blog page for updates and photos from these workshops.
If you are teacher, student, or parent in Oakland and want to bring Growing Together's fruit tree education to your school, please contact us.
Growing Together is running a harvest program, Oakland Fruit, through which we will harvest backyard fruit trees, and distribute the harvest to our youth programs and other local nonprofits.
REGISTER YOUR FRUIT TREE TODAY with our quick and easy online form.
DONATE to support us to run this program.
Plantings to Support the Work of Local Organizations
We organize plantings with community organizations such as schools, community centers, elderly centers, hospitals, community gardens, residential programs, places of worship, and other hubs that are neighborhood gathering places or are offering a service to the community.
We are also open to planting on vacant lots with owner permission, or at store fronts, where the trees will be acessible to the general public, or with neighborhood coalitions at residents' homes in select situations.
We are focused on planting in neighborhoods of need, and with organizations that work with traditionally underserved areas or populations. In general, we are interested in planting at least 5 trees and up to 20 trees, at a time, with our community partners.
If you would like to participate, and partner to run a fruit tree planting with your community organization, please FILL OUT THIS INTEREST FORM with the basic info for your site.