LDF supports multi-benefit, holistic solutions that successfully replicate natural systems. This is especially effective in urban gardening, which is a sustainable counterpoint to heavily industrialized farming with detrimental carbon impact, soil degradation, and an over-all public health risk. People’s Grocery pursues positive community change and addresses social determinants of health through food to ensure that community self-determination plays a primary role in revitalizing historically underinvested neighborhoods.
Center for Third World Organizing (formerly People’s Grocery) operates urban gardens in West Oakland that allow people to work together as community, growing a variety of organic vegetables and fruits while teaching youth about how to cultivate and cook their own food.
People’s Grocery is a community-based organization and leader in the national food justice movement. For over 10 years, they have served West Oakland residents with innovative programs to increase individual access to healthy food and related fights for justice. The organization shares information with neighbors about healthy foods and healing and creates communities of practice for emerging food related enterprises with a focus on systems change. Recognizing root causes, People’s Grocery facilitates community conversations and policy changes that advance food and economic justice and promote racial and economic equity.
Additionally, People's Grocery’s new program, Seeding Resistance, is a Farming Apprenticeship Program designed to provide black and indigenous people with hard skills around land stewardship and management in order to build solidarity and connections between black and indigenous communities fighting for resistance and autonomy of their land. The objective is to bring those most impacted by food deserts and environmental injustices together to build hard skills around land-based work and to deepen their political understanding of social systems. 2017 is the official roll out of this program.