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Volunteer Opportunities

With the help of volunteers like you, we are able to fight food insecurity the Bay Area.

Volunteers may help with planting, weeding, harvesting, and caring for the chickens at our community gardens in the San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland, and Treasure Island.  Volunteers also assist with food distribution at our free food tables in San Francisco's Mission district, and at our community garden sites.


Environmental Leadership Training Program

A bilingual Spanish training program that includes workshops, garden work days, field trips, and resources on urban agriculture and appropriate technology practices and techniques. The students learn how to work in the garden as well as about issues of food justice and food security enabling them to do project work in their own communities.


“I graduated from the Indigenous Permaculture (IP) Certificate Training in October of 2006 and since then my world has been painted with impossible possibilities of making earth-loving, socially, politically-economic environmental changes.

I am from San Jose in the South Bay area where, for the most part, people have little idea about what earth steward consciousness is and the potentials for composting, gardening, solar power panels, rain-water harvesting, grey water, etc., which I would learn from IP. One of the places that I first learned about the environmental issues was through a class in Environmental Studies where the teacher spoke about transnational organizations that dominate natural resources in order to maximize profits and whose results are seen in the extinctions of many flora and fauna species.

I’ve also learned about the cosmic philosophy of my ancient Mexican roots that prioritize our four (Earth, wind, water, air) vital elements as the source of life. I continued to make changes with my wife to be responsible and make choices looking ahead for our future generations. When we conceived our first and only child, we searched for the best ways to give him a natural environment using our ancestors’ spirituality and sustainable methods adopted to today’s modernization.

I have used and shared this information with my community through our already established business that sells and trades sustainable baby products, body care and through managing an organic produce Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A.) (M.A.N.O. Ledesma Farms) from our home using the name of Los Antepasados. As a 5 year plan requirement to graduate from IP, my goal was to implement more eco-sustainable services such as community organic gardening, clean air vehicle, children’s natural raising and awareness in health using indigenous power foods.”

-Former Student

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