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PLANTING JUSTICE with Gavin Raders & Katrina Zavalney: Sustainable Urban Agriculture in the East Bay.

September 5, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

FF25120 FF13421Potluck dinner followed with a presentation by community organizers who through Planting Justice and Transform Your Yard have already built nearly 200 urban gardens in 6 bay area counties bringing healthy organic food and meaningful living-wage jobs –

About Our Speakers:

Gavin Raders

Gavin Raders is a co-founder and Executive Director of Planting Justice, a social justice activist, and a permaculture demonstrator/teacher. He dedicates his time to practicing permaculture wherever he can, having gone through extensive training with some of the most inspiring and effective permaculture teachers in the world.

Gavin studied cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley, and organized on a range of anti-war, anti-nuclear, environmental and human rights issues both on campus and off. He has knocked on nearly 30,000 doors in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada as a community organizer with Peace Action West.  Gavin comes to permaculture and ecological design through a social justice framework which recognizes the right of all people to peace, security, housing, healthy food, clean water, jobs and healthcare, and the rights of future generations to a just and livable world.

With a brand new baby in my family, my wife and I can’t help but worry even more about the kind of world we are leaving to our children. But we won’t let these worries immobilize us. On the contrary, we are driven all the more to use our gifts, and do whatever we can in however small of ways, to bring more joy, peace, and justice into the people and world around us. We trust fully that the ripple effects of our actions extend far out in ways we’ll never know, and create their own ripple effects. In concert with millions and millions of interconnected global justice activists, and with the help of Nature, we are creating the world we wish to see.

You can see Gavin’s 10 acre project in El Sobrante, Eastern Contra Costa County:

Katrina Zavalney, MA

Katrina is a change agent with a Masters in Organization Development from Sonoma State University and the VP of the board for Planting Justice as well as on the board for the Strong Foundation for Environmental Values. With 15 years of experience, she is skilled in community development, facilitation, and sustainable event management. She is known as a connector and educator in the sustainability network at large, and for her can-do attitude. She has worked in various capacities from business infrastructure formation, to general coordination for various organizations and events. Most recently Katrina worked with Disney assisting with internal communications for the Environmental Policies and resources to aid in these activities, most notably the Paper Policy in 2012. Katrina has a high level of enthusiasm and loves to find creative solutions to challenges. Katrina currently lives in Oakland, CA and consults with non-profits to become more efficient and effective in upholding their mission. She also is a youth leader for a rites of passage program for middle school girls with Stepping Stones. Katrina has been a permaculturist for many years and loves stacking functions and beatifying spaces with a practical, edible touch – and loves learning about the incredible healing power of plants studying herbalism whenever she gets a chance to dive in –

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About Our Subject

Planting Justice (PJ) is an innovator and leader in the health justice, food justice, and sustainable urban agriculture movements. Our programs create tangible and scalable solutions to health inequities in our community through highly effective activities that improve community wellness by empowering urban residents to grow their own healthy food and build community, while creating living-wage career opportunities for people with barriers to employment in our communities.

Since 2009 our flagship Transform Your Yard (TYY) program has built nearly 200 urban gardens throughout the CA Bay Area (across six bay area counties), both via free/sliding-scale installations for low-income families, schools, and organizations, and via full-contribution clients, which subsidize the costs for our low income/sliding scale constituents. Our Education Program conducts preventative wellness and gardening curriculum with a focus on nutrition, culinary arts, and cultural relevancy in high schools, affordable housing complexes, and community locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including at San Quentin State Prison and other correctional facilities.

Perhaps most importantly, we create living-wage jobs in our food and health education programs, for the low-income youth and formerly incarcerated people who come through our educational programming, with a starting wage of $17.50/hr, to help drive new careers in sustainable urban agriculture for people most effected by environmental and health inequities. In just the past 2 years, we’ve created 11 re-entry jobs for formerly incarcerated people, who parole directly from San Quentin onto our TYY teams. Lastly, our Grassroots Canvass Program generates a steady stream of new clients for our Transform Your Yard and Education programs, recruits new donors to PJ, and educates the general public about health, well-being, and sustainability. Together, these combined programs exemplify an innovative model for promoting public health, based on environmental education, healthy food, local empowerment and financial sustainability activities for low-income and underserved communities.

While Planting Justice advocates for better policies, we can’t wait for governments to make the necessary changes that we need to create an environmentally safe and economically just world for the next 7 generations. So at Planting Justice, with our 19 incredible staff members, we are voting with our actions everyday to create a replicable and scalable model for food justice and economic empowerment –

“We bury our seeds and wait. Winter blocks the roads. Flowers are taken prisoner underground. But then, green justice tenders a spear.” ~ Rumi

Cost: Suggested Donation $20 (or free to students) and dish to share if attending potluck.


September 5, 2013
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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