Collective Roots

Gardening Program
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The Collective Roots Gardening Program

provides an opportunity for gardening skill-building, resource sharing, and community empowerment in East Palo Alto, CA.

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Gardening Skill-Building

Backyard gardening as a means for greater economic independence

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Healthy Food
Access

Fighting economic barriers to eating healthy, fresh produce

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Community Empowerment

Strengthening communities with healthy food

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Resource Sharing

Seed swaps, tool lending, and collaboration

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Visit the Garden

We are located at
1785 Woodland Ave,
East Palo Alto, CA

View on
Google Maps

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Attend
a Workshop

Our monthly workshops provide a chance to learn everything you need to know about urban gardening, from managing pests, to crop rotation, to growing in contaminated soil.

watering can garden tool
Volunteer
at the Garden

Get your hands dirty while supporting a healthy food system in East Palo Alto at one of our open volunteer workdays! Learn from our experienced gardeners and staff and go home with new skills.

gardening tools
Free Resources
for Local Residents

East Palo Alto residents are eligible for additional free garden resources, including community garden plots, home garden beds, a tool lending library, and seed sharing.

pair of gardening work boots
book a team-building
workday

Host your next team-building event at the Collective Roots garden! We offer personalized volunteer experiences for your group, including building, planting, and composting.

volunteer at the garden

Join us in the garden to sharpen your planting, pruning, and composting skills while learning from our experienced community members! You are welcome to take some of the harvest home with you.

All ages are welcome, with adult supervision required for children under 10 years of age. Please wear gardening-appropriate attire, including close-toed shoes, hats, and sunscreen.

Volunteer workday spring/summer schedule (March 10th through November 1st):

Thursday evenings from 5-7pm
1st Saturdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Volunteer workday fall/winter schedule (November 3rd through March 10th):

1st and 3rd Saturdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

resources for residents
of east palo alto

The Collective Roots Gardening Program offers free resources to residents of East Palo Alto to make growing food at home and in community gardens more affordable and accessible, including:

  • Access to our seed lending library, a free source of locally viable, organic seeds for year-round gardening
  • Access to our tool lending library, where you can borrow the tools necessary to build and maintain your own garden as well as food preservation equipment for preserving your home harvests
  • Assistance with becoming a Certified Producer in San Mateo County, opening the opportunity to sell produce at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market
  • Connections to other network members with opportunities to share knowledge and strengthen community
  • Seed and produce swaps with other gardeners in the community
SIGN UP FOR FREE HOME GARDEN BED INSTALLATIONS
AND COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOTS

To qualify: You must be a resident of East Palo Alto or Belle Haven, have attended at least 3 workshops at the Collective Roots Garden, and pledge to volunteer at the garden for a minimum of 12 hours per year.

Sign up for free resources by contacting collectiveroots@freshapproach.org
HISTORY OF COLLECTIVE ROOTS

The ​Collective Roots ​Gardening Program ​began as an independent non-profit organization​ ​​​called Collective Roots, founded in 2000. From ​its inception, Collective Roots ​focused on the growing, sharing, and cooking of nutritious foods ​as a way of ​improv​ing​ the economic independence, health, and community connectedness of East Palo Alto.​

Founders Holly Taylor, Amanda Feld, and Adam Mitchell started Collective Roots by planting school gardens at Belle Haven Elementary. The organization then expanded its reach to focus more on community and backyard gardens. In 2007, Collective Roots founded​ the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market​ – the first of it’s kind in the city – which continues on today as a program of Fresh Approach. In 2018, Collective Roots merged with Fresh Approach in order to ​deepen their impacts in the community and create ​a more sustainable future​. The community garden at 1785 Woodland Ave is still as vibrant as ever.

sign up for the fresh approach newsletter

Get updates about the latest workshops and events at the Collective Roots garden

The Collective Roots Gardening Program

provides an opportunity for gardening skill-building, resource sharing, and community empowerment in East Palo Alto, CA.

The Collective Roots Gardening Program, located at 1785 Woodland Ave, East Palo Alto, offers a place for community members to gain hands-on experience with organic gardening. Through our workshops, volunteer workdays, and community resources, we equip families with the skills and means to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables.

Residents of East Palo Alto can enjoy additional free resources, such as a tool lending library and free seeds, while qualifying residents can apply for free home garden installation and use of garden plots at the Collective Roots garden.

By building a strong, sustainable network of local growers, we’re improving access to healthy food while helping preserve the food sovereignty of the many cultures that call East Palo Alto their home.

collective roots gardening skill-building
Gardening
Skill-Building

Backyard gardening as a means for greater economic independence

apple healthy food fruit
Healthy Food
Access

Fighting economic barriers to eating healthy, fresh produce

helping hands community
Community
Empowerment

Strengthening communities
with healthy food

sharing hearts giving resources
Resource
Sharing

Seed swaps, tool lending,
and collaboration

CR icon - visit us clear
Visit the Collective Roots Garden

We are located at 1785 Woodland Ave, East Palo Alto, CA

View on Google Maps

garden tools clippers pruning maintenance
Attend
a Workshop

Our monthly workshops provide a chance to learn everything you need to know about urban gardening, from managing pests, to crop rotation, to growing in contaminated soil.

watering can garden tool
Volunteer
at the Garden

Get your hands dirty while supporting a healthy food system in East Palo Alto at one of our open volunteer workdays! Learn from our experienced gardners and staff and go home with new skills.

gardening tools
Free Resources
for Local Residents

East Palo Alto residents are eligible for additional free garden resources, including community garden plots, home garden beds, a tool lending library, and seed sharing.

pair of gardening work boots
book a team-building
workday

Host your next team-building event at the Collective Roots garden! We offer personalized volunteer experiences for your group, including building, planting, and composting.

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Years Serving the East Palo Alto Community
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Garden Plots at the Collective Roots Garden
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EPA Residents Using Garden Resources
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Volunteers from Team-Building Workdays

*Statistics from 2017

volunteer at the garden

Join us in the garden to sharpen your planting, pruning, and composting skills while learning from our experienced community members! You are welcome to take some of the harvest home with you.

All ages are welcome, with adult supervision required for children under 10 years of age. Please wear gardening-appropriate attire, including close-toed shoes, hats, and sunscreen.

Volunteer workday spring / summer schedule (March 10th through November 1st):

Thursday evenings from 5 pm – 7 pm
1st Saturdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Volunteer workday fall / winter schedule (November 3rd through March 10th):

1st and 3rd Saturdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

resources for residents
of east palo alto

The Collective Roots Gardening Program offers free resources to residents of East Palo Alto to make growing food at home and in community gardens more affordable and accessible, including:

  • Access to our seed lending library, a free source of locally viable, organic seeds for year-round gardening
  • Access to our tool lending library, where you can borrow the tools necessary to build and maintain your own garden as well as food preservation equipment for preserving your home harvests
  • Assistance with becoming a Certified Producer in San Mateo County, opening the opportunity to sell produce at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market
  • Connections to other network members with opportunities to share knowledge and strengthen community
  • Seed and produce swaps with other gardeners in the community
SIGN UP FOR FREE HOME GARDEN BED INSTALLATIONS
AND COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOTS

To qualify: You must be a resident of East Palo Alto or Belle Haven, have attended at least 3 workshops at the Collective Roots Garden, and pledge to volunteer at the garden for a minimum of 12 hours per year.

Sign up for free resources by contacting collectiveroots@freshapproach.org
HISTORY OF COLLECTIVE ROOTS

The ​Collective Roots ​Gardening Program ​began as an independent non-profit organization​ ​​​called Collective Roots, founded in 2000. From ​its inception, Collective Roots ​focused on the growing, sharing, and cooking of nutritious foods ​as a way of ​improv​ing​ the economic independence, health, and community connectedness of East Palo Alto.​

Founders Holly Taylor, Amanda Feld, and Adam Mitchell started Collective Roots by planting school gardens at Belle Haven Elementary. The organization then expanded its reach to focus more on community and backyard gardens. In 2007, Collective Roots founded​ the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market​ – the first of it’s kind in the city – which continues on today as a program of Fresh Approach. In 2018, Collective Roots merged with Fresh Approach in order to ​deepen their impacts in the community and create ​a more sustainable future​. The community garden at 1785 Woodland Ave is still as vibrant as ever.

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