Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Collective Roots

  • East Palo Alto, CA
  • http://www.collectiveroots.org

Mission Statement

Collective Roots envisions a world in which all communities are healthier, stronger, and more connected through the communal growing, sharing, and eating of nutritious foods. East Palo Alto's deep history of agriculture shows how the cultivation and distribution of food can strengthen people and fortify communities. Through programs like our Backyard Gardener Network and weekly farmers' market, we work side-by-side with East Palo Alto to cultivate a healthier, stronger, and more connected community by building a more robust local food system.

Main Programs

  1. East Palo Alto Community Farmers' Market
  2. Backyard Gardener Network
Service Areas

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California

Collective Roots serves the community of East Palo Alto, California.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2015

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Wendy Horton

Keywords

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food justice, food security, school garden, nutrition education

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EIN

71-0901459

 Number

5272580755

Physical Address

1785 Woodland Av.

East Palo Alto, 94303

Also Known As

Collective Roots Garden Project

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

East Palo Alto Community Farmers' Market

Through the Farmers' Market, Collective Roots provides access to affordable, accessible, and nutritious food for East Palo Alto - an under-served community that only has one grocery store for a population of 30,000. The market is uniquely accessible to the under-served East Palo Alto community because of our Fresh Checks matching program, whereby we match government subsidies and cash for qualifying individuals up to $20 per month. This gives $40 worth of buying power at the market for a person each month.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Hispanics

Budget

$70,000

Program 2

Backyard Gardener Network

Through our Backyard Gardener Network program, we work to make growing food at home and community gardens in East Palo Alto more affordable and accessible, by providing or arranging:

Home garden installation for those who qualify
Garden plots at the Collective Roots Community Garden and other affiliated community and residential gardens
Assistance with becoming a Certified Producer in San Mateo County, opening the opportunity to sell produce at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market
Connections to other backyard gardeners with opportunities to share knowledge and build community
Seed and produce swaps with other gardeners in the community
Access to the East Palo Alto Seed Library, a free source of locally viable, organic seeds for year-round gardening
Access to the East Palo Alto Tool Lending Library, a resource that includes the tools necessary to build and maintain your own home garden, featuring special food preservation equipment for preserving your home harvests

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Hispanics

Budget

$50,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Collective Roots serves the community of East Palo Alto, California.

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COLLECTIVE ROOTS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Collective Roots

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Principal Officer

Wendy Horton

BIO

Wendy is a passionate advocate of consuming nutritious, home grown foods. Growing up on a farm, she gained a great love for the earth and the bounty it provides. Wanting to share this with her two sons and the East Palo Alto community, she co-founded the nonprofit educational farm, City Limits Urban Farm, which she has run with her husband for the past seven years. She has extensive experience working with the East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park, and Redwood City communities, providing volunteer opportunities through City Limits, business training, and nutritional guidance through workshops. Wendy also brings to Collective Roots a breadth of business and nonprofit experience critical to the responsibilities of being an executive director, including extensive fundraising, event, and financial management (plus a CPA certification). As president of the PTO for her son's elementary, she appropriates funding and coordinates the staff, parents, and upwards of 80 volunteers to ensure the nonprofit's success. While working at a big-six accounting firm, she oversaw tax-consulting projects and managed large international teams. She has experience organizing forums and managing international delegates from her days at the nonprofit, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, in Washington DC. She received master's degrees from Harvard University in world religions and international relations and from Brigham Young University in tax. She looks forward to helping Collective Roots grow, from the ground up!

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rachel Kellman

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