Rooted In Community
Rooted In Community (RIC)
is a national grassroots network that empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities.
Rooted In Community

Rooted In Community

Local Groups

Rooted In Community is a diverse movement of youth and adults who are committed to building healthy communities through urban and rural agriculture, community gardening, food security, and related environmental justice work. Below are some local groups that work with young people on these issues.

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Local Groups

Added Value
Ian Marvy
Brooklyn, NY
Afri-Can Food Basket
Anan Lololi
59 Heathrow Drive
Toronto, Ontario

Agatson University Nutrition Initiative
Kristin Schwab
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Alameda Point Collaborative
Evan Krokowski
677 W. Ranger Avenue
Alameda, CA

Berkeley Youth Alternatives
Kim Allen, Becca Prager
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 647 0709
Arnell Hinkle
Berkeley, CA
(510) 644-1533

Center for Food and Justice
Elizabeth Medrano
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 341-5097
Center for Popular Research, Edcuation, and Policy
Hank Herrera
Rochester, NY
(585) 271-0490

Chicago Park District
Caroline O'Boyle
Chicago, IL
City of Toronto Parks and Recreation
Solomon Boyé
Toronto, ON
(416) 392-7800

Community Harvest/DC CEED
Suzanne Hitchman
Washington DC
Community to Community
Rosalinda Guillen
203 West Holly Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Council on the Environment of NYC
Lenny Librizzi
New York, NY
(212) 788-7927
Vanessa Arbogast
Boulder, CO
(303) 413-7248

Cultivating Community
Alida Payson
Portland, Maine
Damayan: The Garden Project
Wendy Chase
Tallahassee, FL
(850) 222-4825

Delta Community Nutrition Consortium
Dorothy Grady
Shelby, MS
Detroit Agriculture Network/Hunger Action Coalition
Ashley Atkinson
Detroit, MI
(313) 965-8117

Dunbar Garden
Damien Thompson
Little Rock, AR
(501) 529-8520
Eco Village Farm Learning Center
Shyaam Shabaka
Richmond, CA

Chicago, IL
F.R.E.S.H. New London
Haley Sharack
374 Broad Street
New London, CT

Farm Fresh Choice
Hunia Bradley
Berkeley, CA
(510) 848-1704
Food for Lane County
Jen Anonia
Eugene, OR
(541) 343-2822

Food Project, The
Anim Steel
Lincoln, MA
(781) 259-8621
Food, What?!
Doron Comerchero
Life Lab--1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA

Christie Young
Toronto, ON
(416) 392-1669
Friends of Troy Gardens
Sharon Lezberg
Madison, WI
(608) 240-0409

From the Ground Up
Michael Heller
Washington DC
(202) 526-5344
Front Porch, The
Jean Vortkamp
Detroit, MI

Garden Project
Catherine Sneed
San Francisco, CA
Garden Raised Bounty
Kim Gaffi
Olympia, WA
(360) 753-5522

Garden Resources of Washington
Rachel Agoglia
Washington DC
(202) 234-0591
Gilley Nursery Farm
Anne Robinson
Montecello FL
(229) 228-6631

God's Gang Worm Group
Carolyn Thomas
Chicago, IL
Golden Run Farms, Inc.
Calvin Head
Lafayette, CO
(662) 235-4277

Grand Aspirations, Summer of Solutions
Jennifer Roach
Hartford, CT
(860) 539-7231
Green Corps
Rolando Guzman
Cleveland, OH
(216) 721-1600

Green Guerillas
Steven Frillman
New York, NY
(212) 594-2155
Growing Power
Erika Allen
Chicago, IL

Growing Power
Will Allen
Milwaukee, WI
(414) 527-1546
Jenifer Smith
Lubbock, TX

Guadelupe Gardens
Chuks/Heidi Fosner
Tacoma, WA
Hattie Carthan Urban Agriculture Corps
Yonnette Fleming
677 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Heifer Project International
Precious Boston
Chicago, IL
(773) 279-9022
Holcomb Farm
Leslie Chaison
West Granby, CT
(860) 653-5554

HPI Southeast (AL)
Clanton, AL
(205) 755-9226
HPI, Midwest
Sundee Wislow
Chicago, IL

HPI, New York
Aley Schoonmaker
Brooklyn, NY
Colleen Donovan
Ellensburg, WA
(800) 481-9507

LA Conservation Corps
Bruce Saito
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 362 9000
Land Stewardship Project
George Booby
Whitebear Lake, MN
(651) 653-0618

Lots to Gardens
Ari Rosenberg
Lewiston, Maine
Massachusetts Audubon Society
John Bradley
Lincoln, MA
(617) 259-9506

Massachusetts Avenue Project & Growing Green
Zoe Hollomon
Buffalo , NY 14213
Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
Jessica Foxx
Jackson, MS
(601) 235-5710

Mo Better Food
David Roach
Oakland, CA
(510) 410-2577
Muslim Youth Leaders Forum
Hamima Shabazz
Union Springs, AL
(334) 738-3628

National Farm to School Program
Mark Wall
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 341-5095
NJ Urban Ecology Program/Dept of Nut Sci
Megan McGlinchy
New Brunswick, NJ
(732) 932-8031

Norris Square Neighborhood Project
Abe Brown
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 426-4631
Nuestras Raices
Daniel Ross
Holyoke, MA
(413) 535-1789

Oakland Butterfly & Urban Gardens
Margaret Majua
Oakland, CA
(510) 465-4660
Oakland Leaf Foundation
Mirella Rangel
1434 34th Avenue, Suite 1
Oakland, California

Open Road
Paula Hewitt Amram
New York, NY
Pembroke Farming Family
John Thurman II
Hopkins Park, IL

People's Grocery
Nikki Henderson
Oakland, CA
(510) 652-7607
Perry Co. Small Farmers Youth Group
Earl Smith
Safford, AL
(334) 627-3855

Philadelphia Horticultural Society
Janet Carter
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 988-8841
Pie Ranch
Mary Ann Brooks
2080 Cabrillo Highway
Pescadero, California

Project E.A.T. - Fresh Crew
Melissa Morris
Hayward and San Lorenzo, CA
PUFFA Youth Wellness Advocates Philadelphia Urban Food & Fitness Alliance
Tiffany Spraggins
The Enterprise Center CDC 4548 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

Reichert House After School Program Off.
Benny Smith
Gainesville, FL
(352) 371-2347
Rooftop Garden
Laurie Stoerkel
San Francisco, CA

RootDown LA
Megan Hanson
Los Angeles, CA
Roots & Wings - Angelic Organics Learning Center
Constance McCarthy, Danica Hoehn
1259 North Main Street
Rockford, IL

San Francisco Conservation Corps
Michael House
San Francisco, CA
(415) 928-7322
Seattle Tilth
Robert Servine
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Suite 100
Seattle, WA

Seattle Youth Garden Works
Laurie Mestres
Seattle, WA
(206) 525-1213
Kavanah Ramsier
706 Gilbert Street
Durham, NC
(919) 683-1197

SOL (Seeds of Leadership) Garden Project
Deborah Habib
Orange, MA
Some Day Farm
Amie Roberts
East Dorset, VT
(802) 362-2290

South Plains Food Bank/Farm & Garden Division
Jenifer Smith
Lubbock, TX
(806) 762-3831
Southside Community Land Trust
Patrick McNiff
Providence, RI
(401) 273-9419

Spanish Speaking Unity Council
Margarita Aguilar
Oakland, CA
Student Alliance Garden Entreprenuers (SAGE)
Michelle Markowitz
Portland, OR
(503) 233-8111

Summer of Solutions Hartford
Jennifer Roach
Hartford, Connecticut
(860) 539-7231
Sustainable Communities Network
Jim Embry
Lexington, KY

Sustainable Food Center
Mark Skrabacz
Austin, TX
(512) 458-2009
SWARM - Students Working for an Agricultural Revolutionary Movement
Shorlette Ammons
Goldsboro, NC

Aviva Asher
Philadelphia, PA
Thomasville Community Resource Center (TCRC)
Ashley Brown
Thomasville, GA

TRUCE/Youth Community Garden
Christine Peng
New York, NY
(212) 663-0555
Tucson Community Food Bank Youth Farm Project
Shanti Sellz
P.O. Box 26727
Tucson, AZ

Urban Roots
Max Elliott
Austin, Texas
Urban Youth Food Systems
Alicia de Soto-Foley
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 654-4155

Utah G.A.R.D.E.N.S. Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Veggielution - Dig Crew
Jessie Nichols
647 South King Road
San Jose, CA

Wai'anae Community Re-Development Corp.
Kukui Maunakea-Forth
Wai'anae, HI
(808) 864-9485
Washington Youth Garden at the US National Arboretum
Kacie Warner
3501 New York Avenue NE
Washington, DC

West Holmes Community Development
Antione Haymer
Tchula, MS
(662) 235-4066
White Earth Land Recovery Project
Winona La Duke
Ponsford, MN
(218) 573-3049

Brooke Smith
New York, New York
Winston County Self Help Co-op Youth Group and Future Generation 4H
Jean Harper- Director of Youth Programs
Mailing Office-P.O. Box 23813 Jackson, MS 39225
Winston, Mississippi
Phone: 601-291-2704

Youth Farm and Market Program
Gunnar Liden
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Youth Garden Kristen Battarfarano
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 470-8086