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Review for The Urban Farmers, Lafayette, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Urban Farmers is an organization that deeply values community engagement. Siamack and the entire group of dedicated volunteers have not only taught me life lessons, such as collective action, but they have sparked a newfound curiosity-- like where our food comes from. Most of us are more than just disconnected to the food we eat. The larger message of a broken food system, or issues around food politics, often entail environmental injustice as well. The Urban Farmers prioritize healthy, eco-friendly practices to truly value each volunteer’s part in the harvest production.

Additionally, the service work and philosophy as a non profit has made multi-beneficiary strides toward sustainability. The Urban Farmers educate volunteers while displaying the direct impact volunteers have on the community. During one particular harvest I was surprised to see one tree that had put out a ton of apples but was not being watered. Even though California is in a drought, we still managed to feed 200 people from one tree, amazing! Volunteering with The Urban Farmers is a fun way to take a break from the hectic-ness of life to simply pick fruit that will then find its way to a hungry person’s plate. It was time well spent learning a thing or two and sampling some fruit!

Role:  Volunteer