Berkeley Patients Group launched our $1 Million For Good initiative back in October, supporting ten nonprofits working to uplift our local community. Each month, BPG will drive funds and awareness to one of our nonprofit partners.
In honor of April’s National Earth and Criminal Justice Awareness Month, we are highlighting Planting Justice, which works to change structural inequalities that have become embedded in the industrialized food system.
Now, more than ever, it’s essential to support organizations like Planting Justice, which work to uplift our local communities.
Since 2009 Planting Justice in Oakland, CA, has built over 450 edible permaculture gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, worked with five high-schools to develop food justice curricula, and created 40 green jobs in the food justice movement for folks transitioning from prison.
We love Planting Justice because they work to address the structural inequalities that have become embedded in the industrialized food system:
- The systemic exploitation of food system workers (especially undocumented farm and kitchen workers)
- The lack of access to fresh, nutritious food in low-income communities of color
- Their culture’s over-reliance on packaged, processed food that is killing our bodies and our environment
Programs We Love
Four Achour Mother Orchard – A 4 Acre Farm and Orchard in El Sobrante home to their incredibly diverse and unique collection of fruiting trees and shrubs; currently housing about 1,000 varieties across hundreds of plant families.
Transform Your Yard – Want to grow a significant portion of your family’s produce at home, and add beauty and value to your home at the same time? Let Planting Justice come in and help you transform your yard into an abundant edible landscape and living classroom for you, your family, and friends! Submit a consultation request on their website.
Food Justice Education -The Education Program activates people most directly impacted by poverty and food injustice to create a more local and sustainable food system. The Program develops their skills in ecological design, nutrition education, and multimedia arts that ground and connect urban gardens with local and international movements for social justice.
Grassroots Fundraising Program – The Grassroots Fundraising Team sparks conversations about the prison system, corporate food control, backyard gardening, and green job creation, and has spoken to over 51,750 people on the streets about food justice issues since its inception in 2012.
The Good Table Cafe
Planting Justice and Mira Vista United Church of Christ are forming a joint venture partnership to create a project unlike any that’s ever been seen in the Bay Area!
The Good Table Cafe and Planting Justice Nursery will save the historic Adachi Nursery in El Sobrante and transform it into a cafe, spiritual center, and nursery.
A “pay-what-you-can” cafe and healthy foods marketplace will offer organic food and medicine from local food justice projects and farms.
The spiritual center, gathering space, and arts venue will host yoga, meditation, spiritual ceremony, health and wellness education, arts and music programming.
The nursery and farm store will offer organic fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and other medicinal/edible plants grown in East Oakland.
You can support this project by donating to their GoFundMe campaign, and by shopping at Berkeley Patients Group in April.
As April is Earth and Criminal Justice Month, consider supporting these brands to help heal communities and Mother Earth:
Sustainable, Sun Grown Flowers
Flow Kana is the first sustainable, sun-grown cannabis brand to embrace and represent California’s Emerald Triangle and its family-run, small-batch, independent farm ecosystem.
The brand empowers and gives scale to premier craft farmers in Northern California and “powers” values-aligned brands who honor righteous farming practices.
Flow Kana packages their farmers’ top shelf, hand-trimmed flowers in fully recyclable child-resistant premium airtight, UV-protected amber glass jars.
A variety of eighths and pre-rolls available at BPG all month.
Cannabis for Criminal Justice
Through their partnership with the Last Prisoner Project, Farmer and the Felon advocate for social justice for non-violent cannabis offenders that are still behind bars.
Purchase Farmer and the Felon eighths to support criminal justice reform. Available now at BPG.
We Need Your Help!
The COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the country and inmates are being exposed in our prison system. We have non-violent cannabis prisoners with life-threatening diseases that need our help!
This specific Call to Action is for Michael Thompson, inmate #176309, and is an urgent case we need to act on now.
Michael is currently serving a life sentence for possession of 3 pounds of cannabis, and his health is rapidly deteriorating.
He suffers from diabetic ketoacidosis and needs to be granted immediate emergency clemency!
Send the following message (or put your own spin on it!):
Write: Michigan Parole Board, 206 E Michigan Ave #3, Lansing, MI 48933
Subject: In Support of Michael Thompson – Inmate #176309
Hello, I’m writing to ask that you please grant emergency clemency for Michael Thompson, an inmate serving a life sentence for something that is now legal in the state of Michigan. Michael’s underlying health condition makes him extremely vulnerable to falling victim to COVID-19. Please do what’s right, and save Michael’s life.
Phone: “I’m calling in regards to Inmate Michael Thompson #176309;” Michigan Governor Whitner: 517.373.3400, Michigan Parole Board: 517.373.0270, Prosecuting Attorney David Leyton: 810.257.3210
Social Media: Follow @LastPrisonersProject, @FarmerandtheFelon, @CannaCraftBrands on Instagram and Facebook. Use the image of Michael Thompson in your post and hashtag #lastprisonerproject #farmerandthefelon #cannacraft.
Thank you for your continued support. We are wishing you and all your loved ones health and happiness.