This past summer Jay Rosenberg, our Director of Green Projects, led a very successful 9-week job training program in the Bayview/Hunters Point community of San Francisco called “Building Emerald City.”

The program provided job readiness training in landscaping and construction, ecological design, environmental stewardship, and nature awareness for 16 young men, ages 16-23.

The students learned about team building, leadership, business, and their environment.  Working in the garden, they learned about composting and utilizing resources from the wastestream. Working on the construction of the greenhouse, they learned how to use tools properly and safely, and how to work in a team to build something.

“One of the most amazing things about this group was how well they worked together, and how much we were able to get done. It was truly inspiring to show up each week, to work and to learn together as a team, and participate in the transformation of the space,” said Rosenberg.

This program was funded by a grant from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and is one of many exciting collaborations with Hunters Point Family and Earth Activist Training.

Since 2006, EAT has been working to support two community gardens in Bayview/Hunters Point, a predominantly African-American, low-income inner city neighborhood in San Francisco, plagued by toxins, gang and police violence, and lack of access to fresh food. Penny Livingston-Stark and Starhawk created Earth Activist Training to blend the principles of permaculture and activism to help create real and lasting change on the planet.

EAT has worked in partnership nurturing with Hunters Point Family, an organization that runs violence prevention and food justice programs for at-risk youth.

The Fifth Sacred Thing film project is currently shaping a long- term plan to join this collaboration of excellent community education opportunities through our Green Projects as these principles are at the heart of the story’s message.

You can read more about EAT and HPF projects on their websites:

www.earthactivisttraining.org/bayview_project.html
www.hunterspointfamily.org

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