GARDENS GROWING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Sanzuma is dedicated to increasing the availability of freshly grown foods through gardening and urban farming, improving health and reconnecting people with their environment.
We believe a person's health and diet should not be a reflection of their economic status. Through the lens of comprehensive, healthy food systems, we support low-income communities from Mexico & Central America to Marin County, California.
Call to Action
We are asking the community to a send letter of support for the “10 Cent Meal” bill that Sanzuma has proposed to the State Legislature. The bill asks the state to add 10 cents per child per meal that can only be spent on LOCAL fruits and vegetables.
We will find a match to the 10 cents, so each child will end up getting an additional 20 cents per school meal for local produce. This bill would not only ensure that the children are having access to more fruits and veggies, but it would stimulate the local farming economy immensely! Please send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org We have a template letter if you need one.
Other Call to Action
Volunteer on the farm, February 2, 2019. Help us build a fence so we can donate an orchard with 30 fruit tress to the San Rafael City Schools!
WINNER Giving Marin 2018
AWARDED Certificate of Recognition California State Legislatures
NOMINATED Heart of Marin 2018
WINNER of 3 Healthier Generation’s award of America’s Healthiest Schools for Bahia Vista Elementary School, Lu Sutton Elementary School and Loma Verde Elementary School
Sold over 3000 pounds of organic produce to the San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) and local restaurants from June 2016- August 2017. All of the SRCS produce has all been served in the SRCS lunchtime salad bars!
Sold over 600 pounds to local San Rafael restaurants. All proceeds go to the San Pedro School Farm Program.
Sold the first shipment of Hydroponic romaine lettuce to the SRCS! We continue to grow hydroponic greens for the district and local restaurants.
Successfully revamped the garden at Davidson Middle School, San Rafael. We also raised money to build an outdoor educational kitchen, where we teach approximately fifty students per week about organic farming, solar cooking, seed-to-table preparation, and nutrition.
Secured an organic garden class at Davidson School as an elective.
Currently teaching our fourth year of nutrition educational cooking classes to Short Elementary.
Previously taught nutrition educational cooking classes at multiple San Rafael and Novato Elementary and Middle Schools.
Provided educational Service Day field trips for Marin Country Day School, Corte Madera.
Further garden education at the following schools: Bahia Vista, Laurel Dell, Lu Sutton, and co-teach at Venetia Valley, San Rafael and Novato schools.
Taught at the Student Organic Garden Association (SOGA) at UC Berkeley.
Worked at and donated community garden to the Berkeley Youth Alternative Program.
Managed the Marin County Healthy Parks, Healthy People events for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Fundraised to take Davidson Middle School students on a field trip to three different farms.
Taught over 900 nutrition classes to Marin County children at Title 1 schools (low-income schools) and still counting.
Served 'farm-to-table' salad bars from San Pedro School garden/farm. The garden-grown food is purchased by the San Rafael City School district and served through their lunch program.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Donated over twenty-five solar ovens to remote village communities in Central America and Mexico.
Donated over 100 teaching hours in solar cooking techniques to families and villagers. The women often suffer from lung problems because of inhaling the smoke from wood or charcoal cooking methods, as well as children being burnt. (See our Solar Cooking page).
Donated hundreds of pounds of clothes, school supplies, shoes, and toothbrushes to our targeted communities.
Taught thirty hours of alternative energy options to an orphanage in El Salvador.
Promoted organic farming and gardening methods in over ten villages in Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala.