• EPA Fresh Checks

    Fresh Checks is an innovative incentive program for low-income consumers at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers Market, enabling participants to double the value of their purchases at the market and take home more fresh, local, sustainable produce!
  • School Gardens

    Our school gardens are magical places for children and adults to enjoy, learn and grow.
  • EPA Backyard Gardener Network

    The Backyard Gardener Network is a resource-sharing community of gardeners in East Palo Alto committed to growing our own food and celebrating the bounty of our community.
  • East Palo Alto Community Farmers Market

    The East Palo Alto Community Farmers Market offers the only source of seasonal, local, and organic produce to community members in East Palo Alto. In addition to encourage healthy lifestyle choices, the market supports beginning organic farmers transitioning from work as farm laborers on industrial farms.
  • Field Trips

    Students from nearby schools and colleges come for field trips to our main school garden at the East Palo Alto Charter School to learn about science, health and food systems.
  • EPA Seed Library

    The seed library, a project in partnership with the Public Library of East Palo Alto, enables gardeners to check out, plant, grow, and eventually save seeds, ensuring a regenerating source of organic and heirloom seeds for gardeners in our community.
  • EPA Tool Lending Library

    The Tool Lending Library reduces expenses for home gardeners by offering all the tools needed to establish and maintain home gardens free of charge.
  • After School

    In afterschool programs, students enjoy vibrant lessons in organic gardening, cooking, arts & crafts, and science.
  • School Days

    During the school day, students learn hands-on science education in the garden. These programs meets California State Science Standards.

We are a nonprofit organization founded and based in East Palo Alto, CA. We seek to promote food justice by engaging youth and communities in garden-based learning and nutrition education to positively impact health. Collective Roots achieves its mission through the innovative integration and implementation of two key program areas: community based programs and school based programs.

Community Based Programs

We engage residents and stakeholders in a full-scale initiative to increase access to fresh, local, healthy and affordable fresh produce.

School Based Programs

We work with to design and sustain organic gardens on school and community sites that are linked with kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum provided by Collective Roots.

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Check out the latest at Collective Roots:

Summer is here!

Summer is in full bloom in our garden! It seems like every day offers new, delicious produce to harvest. I love that summer fruits and vegetables provide a range of different colors, textures, and flavors to enjoy. Today, our garden … Continue reading

Can you pull poppies?

As a newcomer to California, I was quickly informed by both co-workers and students that it was illegal to pick the state flower, the California poppy. Since then, I’ve dutifully left poppies in the middle of pathways and kept them out of garden flower arrangements. However, today that all changed. I admit, I pulled out some poppies!

Before you call the police hotline to turn me in, let me explain. Today, I learned that the “can’t-pick-a-poppy” law is a myth! According the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, as long as you’re on private property and have permission of the landowner, you’re entirely within your right to pick, move, or uproot a California poppy. What a revelation to me!

Although I certainly plan to keep most of our poppies intact, it’s nice to have the option to clear some out when they take over a path or bed! I also look forward to using them in student art projects, like flower pounding. However, you’ll have to wish me luck convincing the students that it’s okay! Sometimes myths can be pretty ingrained.
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Knee high by the Fourth of July

I don’t know if this saying is as widely used as I used to think it was, but I grew up in the Midwest where a strong indicator for a robust corn crop was to pay attention to the height … Continue reading