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.

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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.

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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.

2021 Impact

Community Meals Served

Hours of Paid Training

Pounds of Produce Recovered

Locations

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. 

New Liberation 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.

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.

2016

Founded at Stanford FEED Collaborative

2017

Started farmers market popup

2018

Opened restaurant at Manny’s

2019

Three graduates hired to staff

2020

Served over 50,000 community meals

2021

Opened Refettorio San Francisco

Who We Are

When we started Farming Hope in 2016, we began working alongside folks still unhoused, and those who had made it out. The common theme was that everyone who “got out” had responsibility and ownership at the support organizations they worked with. We called this universal principle the “need to be needed.” We mean it when we say: You are needed to build this change. Over the years we’ve hired back seven graduates to permanent staff, and continue to build a team with deeper empathy and relatable experience. Thank you to the broader Farming Hope community for supporting our team and our Apprentices. 

Our Team

Jamie

Jamie Stark
Executive Director
Co-founder

Andie

Andie Sobrepeña
Operations Director

Allie

Allie Schaffer
Refettorio SF Assistant General Manager

Anselmo

Anselmo Gonzalez
Refettorio SF
Kitchen Manager

Haley

Haley Nielsen
Development Manager

Jeremiah

Jeremiah Daniel
Garden Co-Manager

Jacey

Jacey Jeffrey
Garden Co-Manager

Manolo

Manolo Pizarro Briceño
Manny’s Kitchen Manager

Lisa

Lisa Frare
Manny’s Front of House Manager

Phil

Phil Saneski
Culinary Manager

Jamie

Jamie Stark
Executive Director
Co-founder

Jacey

Jacey Jeffrey
Garden Co-Manager

Andie

Andie Sobrepeña
Operations Director

Manolo

Manolo Pizarro Briceño
Manny’s Kitchen Manager

Allie

Allie Schaffer
Refettorio SF Assistant General Manager

Lisa

Lisa Frare
Manny’s Front of House Manager

Anselmo

Anselmo Gonzalez
Refettorio SF
Kitchen Manager

Phil

Phil Saneski
Culinary Manager

Haley

Haley Nielsen
Development Manager

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Jeremiah

Jeremiah Daniel
Garden Co-Manager

Apprentice Stories

Sandy
2020 Graduate

Henresha
2020 Graduate

Board of Directors

Lyndsey Boucherle

Lyndsey Boucherle

Terri-Lee Dayal

Terri-Lee Dayal

Shelley Dyer

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Michael Fu

Lucia Gaia Pohlman

Xochitl Hernandez

Sheena Jain

Ilana Lipset

Savannah Schoelen

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Salim Zymet

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.

We’re recruiting dedicated, long-term volunteers.

Whether you love food, care about sustainability, or simply want to learn while sharing your time, we welcome you to join us. Our volunteer opportunities primarily support programs at Refettorio San Francisco, providing free meals to our food insecure neighbors. We are currently recruiting volunteers for meal distribution, grocery bag packaging, and meal delivery. 

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 ☀️
Happy 3rd Anniversary @welcometomannys! Three years, can you believe it? Since we opened both Manny’s business and Farming Hope’s social enterprise restaurant here. Thanks to the vision, grit and commitment of @emanuelseth, @ramedam and so many others. To many more! #welcometomannys #anniversary #smallbiz #socent
Silent Auction! Bid today for one of these incredible items, auction closes at 7pm on Sunday, November 7. Link to bid in bio. 

Our annual fundraiser, ✨La Festa di Farming Hope ✨is a celebration of our Apprentices, community support, and food hub at @refettoriosanfrancisco. 

Tickets are sold out, but follow the link in our bio to bid on these 🔥INCREDIBLE🔥 auction items.

Don’t forget to bid before 7pm on Nov 7th. What better way to win great prizes than by supporting Farming Hope?

#festadifarminghope #fundraiser #silentauction #nonprofit #socent
Come visit us for lunch this week- a delicious, colorful and fresh cauliflower shawarma bowl is calling your name! 

We’re open 11-7, Tuesdays-Fridays and 10-7 on the weekends!
Sole showing off her latte art! Show us some ❤️, stop by Farming Hope’s social enterprise restaurant at @welcometomannys Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Menu updated seasonally, check it out at farminghope.org #socent #welcometomannys #latteart #eatlocal
these beautiful and delicious cookies come from the minds of our friends @laratgilmore, @massimobottura and @ommmar. Now through this Sunday, YOU can purchase and try them at @a16sf , @cotogna_sf , @pizzeriadelfina , @flourandwatersf and @lacicciasf , with all proceeds benefitting @refettoriosanfrancisco. At the Refettorio kitchen, staff and apprentices have been working hard to feed upwards of 1200 meals a week to our food insecure neighbors. Partnerships and support from the community make it all possible. 

A huge thank you to all the folks participating! Oatmeal raisinless cookies drizzled in Villa Manodori balsamic?! We’re in!
Do you know our next Deputy Director? Farming Hope is at a growth point, requiring experienced and visionary staff to help lead our multi-location model toward greater impact and organizational sustainability.

Link to job announcement in bio. 

The Deputy Director is one of three director-level positions. The person in this role will have extensive opportunity to co-direct and create programs, working with the Executive Director and Operations Director to improve our program, staffing, and fundraising models.

The Deputy Director is responsible for overseeing core components of operations, organizational structure, and personnel management for Farming Hope. This is a role with a high expectation of co-ownership and commitment. While initially wearing several hats, this new position is part of the process of intentionally specializing roles within Farming Hope as we structure for growth. 

If you know someone who is highly qualified, brings lived experience relatable to our Apprentices, and would love Farming Hope’s mission, please share this post and invite them to apply. 

#nowhiring #socent #sanfranciscononprofit #nonprofitjobs #developmentjobs #refsf #welcometomannys #foodjusticejobs #jobtraining #feeditforward

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