Spotlighting a Shift Partner — Cultivating Community Health: The Del Paso Heights Growers Alliance

December 20, 2023 12:25 pm | by

Advancing a racially just food system in Sacramento

In north Sacramento, California, the Del Paso Heights Growers Alliance stands as a beacon of hope and resilience. Through their steadfast commitment to food sovereignty, justice, and health, this grassroots organization is transforming the landscape of Del Paso Heights, shifting power to residents to reclaim culturally rooted notions of health and well-being.

At the core of the Del Paso Heights Growers Alliance's mission is the recognition that systemic racism and inequities are barriers to accessing fundamental human rights, including the right to healthy food. Through community gardens and urban agriculture initiatives, they are reclaiming vacant lots and transforming them into vibrant hubs of food production. By prioritizing locally grown, culturally relevant foods, the Alliance not only addresses food insecurity but also challenges the systemic barriers that perpetuate inequity. By fostering food sovereignty and justice within the community, they pave the way for a more equitable, climate prepared and resilient food systems.

Recognizing power dynamics, the Alliance shepherds leadership training and workforce initiatives to bolster resident-led change. By nurturing local leaders and centering the voices and experiences of marginalized communities, the Alliance ensures that the movement towards food equity and racial justice is driven from within the community and rooted in place. The Alliance couples this work with grassroots organizing and coalition building to ensure a holistic and multidimensional approach to creating local conditions that foster health, economic stability and well-being.