Netiya thanks you for being part of the network of faith leaders that is working to bring about a better Los Angeles through stewardship. Through membership with Netiya, you are part of the first network in the country to advance the collective goal of getting our faith communities back to the land, connecting to our shared agrarian roots, and advancing institutional-scale collaboration toward a more sustainable and equitable future. You are part of a group of pioneers who are bridging faith and food, revolutionizing the way that faith groups address hunger, and creating common ground for deeper spiritual connection to the lands that feed us.
These six principles guide our work. If you believe these six Netiya principles, we invite you to become a member.
- FOOD IS A HUMAN RIGHT: All people have the right to access nourishing food grown with respect for the laborers, and the earth. Netiya grows community food security through empowerment, not handouts. We don’t do charity for others; we do collaborative work with others.
- STEWARD THE LAND: The land we live on is an integral part of our community. Our diverse philosophical, spiritual, and religious traditions share the core values of caring for the Earth. Netiya helps institutions deepen a commitment to stewarding collective resources (water, land) by rethinking the tradition of tithing. Through stewardship of urban lands at homes and faith-based institutions in Los Angeles, Netiya advances the conversion of 10% of the land from decorative landscaping to food production for greater food sovereignty.
- CELEBRATE ALL FORMS OF DIVERSITY: Realizing our connection to Mother Earth is sacred, and with intent to reflect the greatest biodiversity of all beings and forms of life, we celebrate people from all spiritual and religious practices that are committed to growing food sustainably. We welcome both traditional and innovative approaches.
- COMMITMENT TO ACCESS: Recognizing that Netiya’s activities are primarily justice driven and educational, the bulk of our programming is free or deeply discounted. Netiya is also committed to building spiritually-engaging and participatory collective forums during each of our activities.
- GROW RESILIENCE: Rooting into the soil and our traditions can build stronger communities. Food is about culture and the land. In order to grow a healthier food system, we need to build a healthy food culture that honors the land, the physical makeup of our city, our spirits, and our roots.
- GROUND-UP ORGANIZING: Netiya commits to growing competency in the areas of race, class, gender, power, and privilege by advancing equality and non-hierarchical organizing to foster sacred, fertile ground.
As a Netiya member, you will enjoy the following discounts and benefits:
- One (1) FREE ticket for our annual event
- Members Rate for all of our garden and kitchen hands-on workshops
- Monthly Tips and Educational Resources – custom-designed by Netiya
- Visibility – on Netiya’s website and marketing materials.
To become a member, make a tax deductible gift to Netiya today!
We work on hunger in LA. We are deeply committed to ending food insecurity and to increasing access to healthy food in proactive and strategic ways. We believe that food is a fundamental human right. We believe that our institutions should source our food locally when possible. There is increasing recognition among emergency food providers of the importance of nutrition. It is no longer sufficient to merely provide calories to alleviate hunger. Just as important is providing nutrient rich foods that support adequate growth and health. But these healthier options, like fresh fruits and vegetables, are often too expensive for struggling families. In addition, many families live in “food deserts,” where markets are scarce and those that do exist sell mostly packaged, processed food. By making additional fresh produce options available across the city, we not only ease hunger but improve overall health.
We believe that sourcing “good food” from an equitable food system is a fundamental right. We believe in collaboration to achieve this end. Community Garden plots all around LA are full. Fee hikes of up to 500% in 2010 have prevented many Angelenos from growing food. Opening up unused institutional space at schools, synagogues, and homes enables us to learn how to convert unproductive or water-intensive landscapes to grow food. This, in turn, builds community. Down the road, it will serve to provide more fresh produce into our corner stores and into the food relief system to mitigate hunger in our neighborhoods.
Knowledge is power. Growing food also enables us to ask more questions about our conventional food system as we grow an understanding of where our food comes from, who has access to it, and how food production impacts our farmworkers, our health, and the land. Let us make informed decisions about food served in our communities as we help build a socially-responsible and regenerative food system. A big idea in a big city with the biggest population of hungry people in the U.S.