• 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.
  • School Days

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

    Our school gardens are magical places for children and adults to enjoy, learn and grow.

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.


Check out the latest at Collective Roots:

Garden Design Day

It is that time! The seedlings in our green house are ready to be planted in the garden. Staff spent time brainstorming plant design ideas for the garden beds. The collaboration ended with designs revolving around herb beds to make … Continue reading

EPA Farmers’ Market opens for Seventh Season

It was great to see the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market highlighted in the San Jose Mercury News this week. In the article, Bobby Hamilton, a Backyard Gardener, describes the benefits he derives from selling at the market. Read … Continue reading

Greenhouse working too well?

During the warmer days last week, our greenhouse overheated and we lost some of our tomato seedlings. We’ve adjusted the ventilation in the greenhouse and will be especially careful about water as a result! Even outside the greenhouse, our watering … Continue reading