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.
Founded at Stanford Graduate School Lecture
Started at farmer’s market with Apprentices
Opened cafe in Mission District
Began food security meals program
Opened Refettorio San Francisco
Moved to 690 Van Ness
Chef DJ Hollister
Arnold Icasiano Events & Program Manager
David Gibson Jr.
Development & Communications Coordinator
Cook and Trainer
Mauro Juarez-Ramos Cook & Trainer
Kitchen Porter & Trainer
Weekend Meals Program Manager
Board of Directors
Joan Hanawi Carlock
Founding Emeritus Board Members
Lyndsey Boucherle, Terri Dayal, Shelley Dyer, Michael Fu, Sheena Jain, Xochitl Hernandez, Lucia Gaia Pohlman, Savannah Schoelen
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.