Netiya, Growing Just Food & Gardens on Faith-Based Lands, was launched in 2011 as a food and faith network in Los Angeles. Today we have grown into a thriving organization that connects two ingredients: faith institutional resources and the food justice movement. This vision is unique in our cutting-edge approach of encouraging 10% of L.A.’s faith-based institutions to “green” their charitable food relief models and to repurpose 10% of their underused lands to grow food to address hunger. We organize to grow community food sovereignty, a situation in which people have the knowledge, access, opportunity, and resources to source affordable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate food on a regular basis.
Netiya believes that by honoring the land where we gather and worship, we each respectively honor our faith, our heritage, and our community! By gardening and farming a patchwork of faith-based lands across LA, we sow seeds that collectively yield a harvest for the underserved around our diverse communities.
In just 6 years, Netiya has installed 18 gardens on faith-based institutional properties that combined, have converted over 14 acres of underused land into fruit-bearing orchards and in-ground vegetable gardens in LA. Our educators have conducted over 180 educational workshops which integrate the teachings and traditions of faith communities with cooking and nutrition, food cultivation, and urban garden agroecology.
We have strong partnerships with 70 Los Angeles faith institutions and are proud to participate in the Urban Agriculture Working Group of the LA Food Policy Council, as well as the Leichtag convening of sixteen Jewish Farming organizations across the nation with whom we share ideas, and learn from yearly. To learn about collaborating with Netiya – please reach out to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Netiya advances a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender expression, gender identity, disability, age, veteran status, or ancestry in running our programs.