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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.

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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.

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 Stark
Executive Director
Co-founder

Andie Sobrepeña
Operations Director

Joseph Fox
Chef Trainer

Anselmo Gonzalez
Refettorio SF Kitchen Manager

Haley Nielsen
Development Manager

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Jeremiah Daniel
Garden Co-Manager

Jacey

Jacey Jeffrey
Garden Co-Manager

Manolo Pizarro Briceño
Manny’s Kitchen Manager

Lisa Frare
Manny’s Front of House 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. 

Join our annual fundraiser

La Festa di Farming Hope is a celebration in support of our community food hub, Refettorio San Francisco. The event will honor the investments and impact we have made together to restore and rebuild the spirit of community in San Francisco. We will celebrate with music, create connections with our programs and community, and of course savor food cooked by our Apprentices and kitchen staff, along with our favorite Guest Chefs. Buy tickets for the event on Sunday, November 7 from 5-8 pm.

Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous support!

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To become a sponsor, email giving@farminghope.org.

Partake in our Silent Auction

Silent Auction items include: a guided tour of Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley paired with dinner at Chez Panisse; a one-on-one virtual cooking class with Massimo Bottura; and a two night stay at Casa Maria Luigia in Italy with dinner at Osteria Francescana

Thank you to our supporters

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