We are making change in our community! Here are the numbers from our
2021-2022 fiscal year (year 2).
Our story so far!
BIPOC communities are often the hardest
hit when it comes to food access, especially
in the San Fernando Valley and greater L.A.
areas. Our mission is to empower BIPOC
youth in these areas to take back their
health and advocate for food sovereignty on
behalf of their community. We equip our
youth with hands-on training and
experience in farming and gardening, build
their leadership skills, and provide our
communities with access to healthy, quality
produce and a safe, green space.
40 youth served through Farm Hands & Fellowship
138 Community members served through Neighborhood Nourishments
264 Pounds of produce donated to the community
Our Environmental Impact
300 pounds of green waste to LACompost
The on-site location of LACompost's San
Fernando Valley regional hub at Cottonwood Urban Farm allows us to divert our green waste as locally as
possible. Our youth are able to participate in a community composting system, as well as gain the knowledge and tools to compost on their own.
170 CA native plants added to our growing spaces
CA Native plants are vital to a healthy ecosystem. With the help of the Native Plant Nursery of the Santa Monica Mountains in Newbury Park (SAMO Fund), we leaned indigenous planting techniques and added more native plants to our space, improving our local ecosystem for humans and wildlife alike.
500 pounds of compost added to our soils
As participants in LACompost's SFV
regional hub, we locally sourced 500
pounds of compost to add to our crop
rows, planters and fruit trees. These
crucial nutrients keep our plants and
trees producing happily, helps our soil
retain moisture, and allows us to grow
more healthy food for our youth and their families.
Our Staff and Board members
Alexys Romo- Founder and Executive Director, Farm Hands Coordinator
Analisa Joh- Director of Operations, Fellowship Coordinator
Alberto Alcazar- Social Media Coordinator
Yu-Shing Ni- Garden Education Coordinator
Marzen Abala- 2022-2023 Fellow
Alexys Romo - Chair of the Board
Analisa Crosthwait - Secretary of the Board
Chelsea Thomas - Treasurer of the Board
Rachel Black - Board Member
Johanna Recalde - Board Member
Rashaad Dixon - Board Member
Rick Perillo - Board Member