HomeGrown Bay Area

A COALITION DEDICATED TO A JUST AND SUSTAINABLE LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM

HomeGrown Bay Area (HGBA) aims to grow a healthier future by implementing policies and programs that help more people access nourishing, locally sourced, and zero-waste food, while supporting the well-being of farm workers.
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Join a City Team!

Ready to take action in your community?

Work with your city or town to create a more sustainable and equitable food system in the Bay Area. HomeGrown Bay Area will give you the training, tools and support to be an effective advocate and member of a City Team. No prior advocacy experience necessary.

Active

San José

Meets monthly to discuss topics like combating food insecurity, advocacy for food sovereignty and access to healthy food, building a demonstration food forest, providing community education through gardening, and partnering with local leaders to encourage greater self-sufficiency, sustainability, and resiliency in the food system. Meetings are held in English and in Spanish.

Get Involved

Under Development

Oakland/Berkeley

Work with others on your City Team to identify local champions, research current programs and policies, engage local BIPOC and under-represented community members/organizations, and work with city staff and council members to advance our vision for a better food system.

 


Under Development

East Palo Alto

Work with others on your City Team to identify local champions, research current programs and policies, engage local BIPOC and under-represented community members/organizations, and work with city staff and council members to advance our vision for a better food system.

 


Our 2030 Vision

All local governments in the SF Bay Area have committed to policy, purchasing and programs that ensures:

  • Good Food for ALL
  • Local & Sustainable Growing Practices
  • Fair Working Conditions
  • Zero Waste

Our Story

Programs that advance equity, health and environmental sustainability

​​HomeGrown Bay Area (HGBA) was born during the peak of the pandemic, when our already weak food system was failing under added stress. Knowing that climate change will put increasing pressure on the food system, Acterra and its partners saw a need to engage and mobilize community members, training residents to become activists within their community. HGBA partnered with our trained community activists to influence systemic change through effective, on-the-ground, local food policy, purchasing and programs that advance equity, health and environmental sustainability.

HGBA conducted outreach and engagement with community members, designed and completed a comprehensive playbook, completed training videos and guide documents, and conducted trainings. After much preparation, HGBA launched the first city team in San José. The team, formed by community members and local CBO’s, is now ready to take action: Additional funding will allow the San Jose city team to implement grassroots strategies, based on community resilience.

The San José City Team is designing their work plan which aims to create food sustainability education workshops, as well as build, and provide access to shared community gardens or edible food forests.

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Your Support Matters

Champions are local governments that have already made big strides on the path to Vision 2030 and can serve as guides and mentors to others getting started.

Members drive our work forward by giving their valuable time and insight to the member outreach, workshop/event planning, publicity and/or government committees.

Sponsors give in-kind or financial support to the coalition.

You can also help spread the word by sharing our HGBA flyer and our video with your contacts!

Partner With Us

HomeGrown Bay Area welcomes all levels of participation from public, private and nonprofit partners as well as individuals who share the vision.
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Support for the development of HomeGrown Bay Area's advocacy training materials and City Team Playbook was provided in part by a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. 

We also appreciate the financial or in-kind contributions of these organizations in supporting the founding and vision of HomeGrown Bay Area: Better Food Foundation, Cultivate Empathy for All, Fresh Approach, La Mesa Verde, and New Roots Institute (formerly Factory Farm Awareness Coalition). 

Would you like to be involved in a different way? Let’s talk!

Email our HGBA Coordinator