We’re all hungry to give back and belong.

Farming Hope is a garden-to-table job training nonprofit. We offer paid transitional employment in our garden and kitchens with formerly incarcerated or unhoused neighbors.

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Our Work

Farming Hope manages a garden-to-table job training program for formerly incarcerated or homeless San Franciscans. Our paid employment program helps adults transition to personal wellbeing and employment while nourishing food insecure neighbors and rescuing food from landfill.  The need to be needed informs the work we do at Farming Hope, and fuels our pursuit of lasting social change in our community. Our mission is to empower folks experiencing major barriers to employment to grow and cook food to sustain themselves and their communities.


Job Training

Farming Hope works within a diverse ecosystem of support services and partners to guide our Apprentices on their road to resilience. We provide our Apprentices with: on-the-job paid culinary training in our kitchens and garden, opportunities to feed it forward by cooking for our food insecure neighbors, inclusive community meals and events, and culinary, professional, and life skill courses.

Community Meals

We work with like-minded community organizations to identify those families most in need of nutritious and culturally relevant meals. Our Community Meals program alleviates the financial burden of feeding a family, removing food insecurity and allowing families to concentrate on other factors contributing to their economic precarity. Consistent, reliable, prepared meals are an essential component of creating the stability needed to transition out of poverty.


Food Recovery

We source cosmetically imperfect product through our network of farmers and suppliers. Recovered product gets received, assessed, and its use planned by our creative culinary team through flexible menus. We find ways to use the product in its entirety, including any of its byproducts; kale or chard stems get turned into kimchi and corn husks into broth. We “do more with less” by shifting our perspective on what is usually considered usable product.

Our Impact

Since January 2021

Community Meals Served


Hours of Paid Training


Pounds of Produce Recovered


Farming Hope grounds itself in San Francisco through partnerships with like-minded community based organizations. At each training location, Apprentices gain a distinct set of culinary and professional skills, ranging from planting vegetables in our garden to cooking those same vegetables in our restaurant. Whether reconnecting with colleagues or enjoying a freshly cooked meal, our locations give program graduates space to belong after their training is completed. 


Farming Hope at Manny’s

Manny’s is a Civic Gathering Space in San Francisco’s Mission District that combines a restaurant, political bookshop, and event space. Farming Hope runs all food, beverage, and catering operations onsite and focuses on serving Middle Eastern, vegetable-forward meals for diners and event-goers. At Manny’s, Apprentices gain the skills they need to cook on the line in a busy restaurant and work with customers. 

Summer 2021 Apprentices

Refettorio San Francisco

Our anchor kitchen, RefSF is a collaboration with Food for Soul, a global nonprofit organization. As part of an international network of Refettorios feeding vulnerable communities in cities throughout the world, Refettorio San Francisco engages guest chefs and recovered produce to cook our Community Meals. Apprentices spend their first six weeks of paid training here learning kitchen basics.

Garden Volunteer Day

Divisidero Garden

Our training garden in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood provides Apprentices, volunteers, and neighbors a supportive space to learn urban gardening skills while growing food for our kitchens. The garden is also a place for horticultural therapy, connecting to the soil and to each other, by gaining a deeper understanding of where food comes from. As part of our job training, Apprentices spend several paid hours a week getting their hands dirty in the garden.

Join us in the fight

 Farming Hope is different — we pay Apprentices while they learn in our program.
Paying people makes sense, but costs dollars.

Julia had her last barista shift today with us at Farming Hope @ Manny’s! 
She is headed to work in a school as a teacher and we know she will have a huge impact on her students. 

Thank you @juliaclemens for bringing such light, wit, and positive spirit to our space and to our community 🎉☀️ ☕️📚
A huge thanks to the apprentices and kitchen staff for the house made matzo they made for our menu this week! 

We're glad that we can honor the values and traditions that so many of the folks in our community here at Manny's hold dearly 🧡 See you here with a bit of a different menu offering through April 23rd!
our impossible meat kofte pita just got a makeover! 🥕 

we’ve added roasted carrots and potatoes and appreciate the pops of color and nutrition that they bring to an already delicious and filling sandwich. come give it a try at @welcometomannys, open Tuesday-Sunday!
🚨🎉 appreciation post for the women up front working to bring tasty espresso drinks and delicious food to our daily customers and community.  They also are here serving local beer, wine and hospitality to all of you attending @welcometomannys programming. 

Eva: moved to SF from Hawaii, loves euphoria ✨ 
Sole: just got a new puppy named Hazel and is a lover of park conservancy 🌳 
Jenna: SF born and raised, with an incredible singing voice 🎤 
Julia: from Brooklyn, writing her first novel 📖
Farming Hope at Manny’s reopens Thursday, January 6. See you then! #welcometomannys #newyouin22
A rainy & chilly season in San Francisco also means soup season! Ours is packed with carrots, turmeric, ginger, tahini, avocado and pita chip croutons and it’s delicious!

We will be back open in the cafe and event space this Thursday, January 6th, and will have yummy food, coffee and cozy space ready for you! 

Happy new year to all of the friends, customers and community that make it so easy and fun to come to work ✌🏼 🥕
Hi friends! We are going to be closed starting today (the 23rd) and reopening January 4th. We are looking forward to giving our staff and apprentices time to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. We are wishing you all a safe and healthy New Year! We will see you in 2022! 🎉 🥕 ✨
Apprentice Chris shows off his first Taste Testing and cookbook contribution: Chicken Katsu! Special twist, he wanted to use up parmigiano reggiano from La Festa, so we had parmesan stuffed katsu. Saltier and meltier than we expected, but a fun creative project for Chris. We think our free community meal guests would love this one. 

Chris was disappointed he couldn’t get the pickles as delicious as his grandma could, “She just has a way, you know.” 

Still, Apprentice John gave Chris “Five out of five stars” during the feedback group. 

Stop by @RefettorioSanFrancisco as a volunteer (sign up to be notified of 2022 shifts on the website refettoriosanfrancisco.org) and you can join in on one of our weekly Apprentice Taste Testings. 

#tastetesting #newmenu #newdish #farminghope #gratitude #belonging #growlocal #eatlocal #urbanagriculture #urbangardens #refsf #refettorio #foodforsoul #feeditforward #foodismedicine #sfnonprofit #nonprofit #socent #welcometomannys #payitforward
Hi! Some unforeseen noise is keeping us from opening our doors to you today. We will reopen Wednesday at 3:30pm, and will keep you all updated on hours for the rest of the week! 

Check @welcometomannys to see what cool events you can attend this week. Thanks for understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon!
This #givingTuesday help us continue our momentum feeding hungry neighbors and providing job training for adults facing barriers to employment.
Hi friends! 

We are going to be closed for the holiday week, both the cafe and @welcometomannys events from November 23-29. (We will be here tonight though for a book talk event, get your tickets at welcometomannys.com and a beverage with us on your way in!)

Huge shoutout to our team of rockstar staff and apprentices at @refettoriosanfrancisco, who have been working extra hard the past two weeks to produce over 3,000 delicious holiday time meals for folks in need, right here in our community. 

We look forward to welcoming you all back into our space next Tuesday, the 30th! 
See you then and enjoy the week ☀️
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Funded by a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through California Climate Investments.