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.

Training

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.

FoodRecovery

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
Meals

Community Meals Served

Hours

Hours of Paid Training

Pounds

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. 

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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. 

Garden

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

Join the team!
Jeremiah

Jeremiah Daniel
Garden Co-Manager

Apprentice Stories

Sandy
2020 Graduate

Henresha
2020 Graduate

Board of Directors

Lyndsey

Lyndsey Boucherle

Terri-Lee Dayal

Terri-Lee Dayal

Shelley

Shelley Dyer

Michael Fu

Michael Fu

Lucia

Lucia Gaia Pohlman

Xochi

Xochitl Hernandez

Sheena

Sheena Jain

Ilana

Ilana Lipset

Savannah

Savannah Schoelen

Salim Zymet

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.

Volunteer

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. 

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 ✌🏼 🥕
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
This #givingTuesday help us continue our momentum feeding hungry neighbors and providing job training for adults facing barriers to employment.
Thank you again to the singular @gabrielacamara for her kind words for La Festa di Farming Hope. Our work is directly inspired Gabi by your work with Emma at @calasf, now housing @RefettorioSanFrancisco.

Thank you to all who made La Festa so memorable, our annual fundraiser and celebration of Apprentices. 

If you’d like to contribute to our end of year campaign, please donate online at the link in our bio or at farminghope.org. 

#festadifarminghope #fundraiser #silentauction #nonprofit #socent #welcometomannys #foodasmedicine #feeditforward #sffoodie #secondchancehiring
Enjoy this energetic welcome from @massimobottura to our annual fundraiser for @refettoriosanfrancisco!

Thank you all who made La Festa di Farming Hope such a successful celebration of our 20 Apprentices this year, our city’s new Refettorio, and our surviving this dastardly pandemic. 

Together, we raised $93,500 for our triple impact: paid job training, free community meals, and food recovery. Help us get over the finish line to our $100,000 goal, link to donate in bio and at farminghope.org.

Long live Farming Hope! 

#festadifarminghope #fundraiser #silentauction #nonprofit #socent #welcometomannys #foodasmedicine #feeditforward #sffoodie
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

Thank you to our supporters

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