AFSC’s Roots for Peace program utilizes urban farming, leadership development, and community organizing to address health and economic inequities in Los Angeles. We support community members to organize towards a food system that improves access to healthy and cultural foods, rebuilds ancestral connection to the earth, and increases collective power and self-determination.
Our strategy is to accompany local residents, youth and adults from predominantly immigrant Latinx families, using a racial justice framework. We work with our members to analyze systemic inequalities while envisioning and organizing around local projects, policies, and practices that build personal and community healing. Our programming includes Youth Freedom Schools, Youth Internships, an urban agriculture training program called the Food Growers Network (La Red de Cultivadores), and the development of the South LA Community Farm as a site for community organizing. We also collaborate with local organizations and coalitions to address food access and environmental justice issues across the city.