Edible Communities Cover Contest: Edible East Bay
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Planting Justice, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, CA, dedicated to food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems, will receive a $500 grant from Edible Feast if Edible East Bay's cover has the most social media shares. Read more about Planting Justice below.
The cover photo, by Stacy Ventura (stacyventura.com,) shows drone honeybees outside a queen-breeding hive. The triangle is a symbol that the queen bee uses to identify her home after she has mated. Inside the hive, she is being protected by worker bees as she lays her eggs. The screen is for hive ventilation.
Planting Justice is a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA dedicated to food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems. They are the first organization of their kind to combine ecological training and urban food production with a grassroots door-to-door organizing model that vastly increases their educational community outreach, helps recruit volunteers, decentralizes fundraising sources, and provides local jobs that also train young community organizers. Planting Justice brings 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 fruit, vegetables, fish, eggs, nuts, edible mushrooms, goat milk, herbs, jam, honey, and meat – 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, this organizational model enables Planting Justice 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.