Mind Gardens Project is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. It is organized under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public and charitable purposes.

The specific purposes of this corporation are to develop and conserve natural resources, such as gardens, for the benefit of the entire community, provide instruction and training to individuals for the purpose of improving and developing their capabilities with regard to growing and maintaining a garden, and provide relief to the poor, distressed and underprivileged children around the world by providing them with garden grown foods.

We currently have two locations under development in Kingston, Jamaica in the neighborhoods of Trench Town and Tivoli Gardens, in coordination with the Agency of Inner City Renewal (A.I.R.) and the United Way of Jamaica. Plans for additional domestic locations are underway.

The Mind Gardens Project is in the process of obtaining its 501(c)(3) federal tax exempt status.

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Meet the Mind Gardens Network

Little Green Fingers Community Gardens

Little Green Fingers is a community garden collaborative designed for low-income, at-risk children and their families to address the obesity epidemic in Los Angeles. By providing access to ongoing supplies of fresh fruits and vegetables (a minimum of 6,000 pounds per garden per year), in conjunction with nutrition education, the gardens will contribute to young children and their families leading healthier lives and maintaining healthier weights. The innovative initiative is funded in part by First5 LA and is being spearheaded by the LA Conservation Corps in conjunction with an extraordinary team of garden and health experts.

Engage with Little Green Fingers

LA CAN Rooftop Garden and Food Program

An urban garden grows high above the pavement in Downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row community. Ironically, the garden sits squarely in the midst of a fresh food desert and is literally a stone’s throw away from the west coast produce district; however, the final destination for most of that produce is not the Skid Row community. Nestled within a scattered skyline of corporate towers, residential hotels, trendy bars and eateries and fancy pet boutiques, the garden signifies resilience, community and determination.

LA CAN’s rooftop garden is much more than just a space to grow fresh food. The space is used to organize a network of urban gardens and gardeners to develop community-based solutions to food insecurity. It is a place where public policy reforms are discussed and legislative agendas are created to remove numerous barriers to fresh food access. Lastly, the garden is a place where teaching and learning happens and all expertise is honored.

Guerrilla-garden with LA CAN

EnrichLA Community Gardens

EnrichLA is an environmental non-profit organization that builds edible gardens in local schools, focusing on low-income and underserved neighborhoods of Los Angeles. School gardens improve air quality, increase exposure to the natural world, encourage environmental stewardship, and positively influence the health and eating habits of students and the surrounding community. These gardens act as catalysts to show students just how versatile, delicious, and FUN healthy food can be, developing positive attitudes toward healthy, fresh food and increasing consumption of these foods.

Build School Gardens with EnrichLA

Walter Reed Middle School Culinary Academy

Walter Reed is the only middle school in the country to have a culinary arts program. The academy has been in existence for three years with its first culminating class of 8th graders in 2013. As are many of the public school in LAUSD, it is underfunded and reliant on parent support. Many of the students enrolled in the program come from low-income families that cannot participate in keeping the culinary arts program moving forward. It is imperative that we continue to accrue awareness and support from the community. The students learn about nutrition, how to grow and care for their gardens, and actually use the food they are growing in their weekly cooking labs. Some of the kids taste vegetables and herbs they've never heard of! Also, there is a struggle to bring in enough food for the cooking labs (close to 50 in one day) and our dream is to be able to turn even more of the unused space at the school into gardens which will yield greater returns.

Enrich Middle School Students' Culinary Education