Programs

illustration by Luna Nguyen shows our community in the kitchen, offering care, at the market, in the streets and in rest!
illustration by Luna Nguyen shows our community in the kitchen, offering care, at the market, in the streets and in rest! Kujichagulia means self determination in kiswahili.

“You are SO INCREDIBLY KIND. I am honored and humbled by your generosity. I will absolutely share your gifts with my community, and uplift yalls work. doyu sgi boo (thank you sooo much).”
–Dominique Pearson (they/them), Healer, Herbalist & Cooperative Food Educator

Before this collective was formed in 2007 to 2014, I provided hot meals to houseless, previously incarcerated, and low-income folks in the park, prioritizing raw salads and whole food distribution. In 2009, I began fostering a relationship with Nature specifically harvesting Seeds; using the each one, teach one, legacy methodology.

Since 2011, our BY US, FOR US grassroots initiative sustained by Accomplice/Ally engagement aides and advocates for low-income, genderqueer, People Of Culture.

Originally our focus was on free herbal clinics and Indigenous Solidarity, which grew to rural Seed libraries in 2013 and then wildland and watershed restoration in 2016, which is now sprouting into social advocacy through gardening and planting trees. Over the last decade, our focus is collective care, spiritual wellness, cultural revitalization, intersectional diversity, and play. Finally, in 2021, we introduced rest and reparations into our framework. As we enter 2022, we return to our origins of multi-day events and writing.

Genderqueer People Of Culture can take part in any of our programs for free or pay/trade what you can by making a request. For updates on our current happenings keep up with our Moonly Newsletter.
Everyone else people support our work.

A group of 7 poses at the Food Symposium
A group of 7 poses at the Food Justice Symposium

Gender Affirming Programming:

18 Castor Seeds in my palm. Each seed is shiny gray with black inkings
18 Castor Seeds in my palm. Each seed is shiny gray with black inkings

“Thank you for the seed packages you have been sending we have been developing our community garden and your packages are always a welcomed surprise.”  — Kern Collymore (he/him), Little Colorado River Watershed Chapters Association, Diné Bikéyah Community Leadership Program

Resource Return

We specialize in the return of stolen, withheld, and usurped resources. Which consists of pure water, hygiene, land trusts, money, community spaces, herbal medicine, wild foraging, spirituality, rest, play, Heritage Seeds, Ancestral teachings and health care treatments.

A poster designed by youth of colour that reads in bold YOUTH OF COLOR with a thick line under it. Below that is two sections on reads "Don't judge a book by it's color" and the other lists fun, awesome, safe place, place to trust, kind people, and never get judged.
A poster designed by/for youth of culture!

Nia Solidarity Stipends

Nia, a Kiswahili word, means Purpose through developing and restoring our community to their traditional greatness. We do this by giving reparation stipends. Funds are for any use although generally used for basic dignities like housing, food, education, utilities, trade advancing tools, assistance, medicine and mental health.

“Thanks to you I was able to get my rent paid and my sons parole officer and judge their money. thanks for everything, I want to thank you badly. Take care & be safe.”
— Zykeeria + Teenage Son, Nia Solidarity Stipend recipients