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Rooted in Community National Network also referred to as R.I.C or Rooted in Community, a project of Earth Island Institute, is a non-profit organization that was founded in Boston. It is a national network that brings young people together to create food security, community gardens and fight for food justice in low income communities. Diverse group of adults and youths helps "empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities." Annual conference and regional gathering for youths to have the opportunity to travel different communities.



Two High School students from The Food Project attended 1998 American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) conference. They feel there was a lack of youths involved in the food system and fighting for food justice. First conference was held in Boston with over 70 youths attending.

Program Overview

Inviting youths from across the country to experience different ways to improve their communities. Attending to different workshops with team building and leadership activities, also discuss issues with the food industry in America. Also fighting for Food Justice for communities to have the right to grow, sell, and eat inexpensive healthy food. Changing the food system by helping passing the Youth Food Bill of Rights in Washington. Youths learn about food preparation creating healthy eating habits and appreciation for agriculture. RIC created the TOOL SHED, an online information resource website to help other farmers and youths. The TOOL SHED has lessons on giving a workshop, lecture, and activities.

List of Network Groups

List of organizations, programs and supporters who attended to conferences in the past:

  • Afri-Can Food Basket
  • Agatson University Nutrition Initiative
  • Alameda Point Collaborative
  • Appetite for Change
  • Berkeley Youth Alternatives
  • CANFit
  • Center for Food and Justice
  • Chicago Park District
  • Community Harvest/DC CEED
  • Community to Community
  • Council on the Environment of NYC
  • Cultiva!
  • Cultivating Community
  • Damayan: The Garden Project
  • Delta Community Nutrition Consortium
  • Detroit Agriculture Network/Hunger Action Coalition
  • Dunbar Garden
  • Eco Village Farm Learning Center
  • EcoVida
  • F.R.E.S.H. New London
  • Farm Fresh Choice
  • Food for Lane County
  • The Food Project
  • Food, What?!
  • FoodShare
  • Friends of Troy Gardens
  • From the Ground Up
  • The Front Porch
  • Garden Project
  • Garden Raised Bounty
  • Garden Resources of Washington
  • Gilley Nursery Farm
  • God’s Gang Worm Group
  • Golden Run Farms, Inc.
  • Grand Aspirations, Summer of Solutions
  • Green Corps
  • Green Guerillas
  • Growing Power
  • Growing Power
  • GRuB
  • Guadelupe Gardens
  • Hattie Carthan Urban Agriculture Corps
  • Heifer Project International
  • Holcomb Farm
  • HPI Southeast (AL)
  • HPI, Midwest
  • HPI, New York
  • HPI, PNW
  • LA Conservation Corps
  • Land Stewardship Project
  • Lots to Gardens
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society
  • Massachusetts Avenue Project & Growing Green
  • Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
  • Mo Better Food
  • Muslim Youth Leaders Forum
  • National Farm to School Program
  • New Mexico Acequia Association
  • NJ Urban Ecology Program, Dept of Nutritional Science
  • Norris Square Neighborhood Project
  • Nuestras Raices
  • Oakland Butterfly & Urban Gardens
  • Oakland Leaf Foundation
  • Open Road
  • Pembroke Farming Family
  • People’s Grocery
  • Perry Co. Small Farmers Youth Group
  • Philadelphia Horticultural Society
  • Pie Ranch
  • Add Planting Justice
  • Project E. A.T. – Fresh Crew
  • Youth Wellness Advocates Philadelphia Urban Food & Fitness Alliance
  • Reichert House After School Program
  • RootDown LA
  • Roots & Wings – Angelic Organics Learning Center
  • San Francisco Conservation Corps
  • Seattle Tilth
  • Seattle Youth Garden Works
  • SOL (Seeds of Leadership) Garden Project
  • Some Day Farm
  • South Plains Food Bank/Farm & Garden Division
  • Southside Community Land Trust
  • Spanish Speaking Unity Council
  • Student Alliance Garden Entrepreneurs (SAGE)
  • Summer of Solutions Hartford
  • Sustainable Communities Network
  • Sustainable Food Center
  • SWARM – Students Working for an Agricultural Revolutionary Movement
  • Synergia Learning Ventures
  • Teens4Good
  • Thomasville Community Resource Center (TCRC)
  • TRUCE/Youth Community Garden
  • Tucson Community Food Bank Youth Farm Project
  • Urban Roots
  • Urban Youth Food Systems
  • Utah G.A.R.D.E.N.S. Inc.
  • Veggielution – Dig Crew
  • Wai’anae Community Re-Development Corp.
  • Washington Youth Garden at the US National Arboretum
  • West Holmes Community Development
  • White Earth Land Recovery Project
  • WhyHunger
  • Winston County Self Help Co-op Youth Group and Future Generation 4H
  • Youth Garden
  • References

    Rooted in Community Wikipedia

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