The Planting Justice model is based on sustainability. Not only does the nonprofit practice and teach sustainable farming models, but it also incorporates the same principles into the way that it operates, and, in doing so, manages to address a wide range of social issues, including food sovereignty, the prison industrial complex, and unequal educational opportunities. Primarily, Planting Justice runs a backyard garden program that employs formerly incarcerated people at an actual living wage. Profits from paying clients go into building free urban gardens for communities and families in need. The nonprofit also employs formerly incarcerated people to do grassroots fundraising that helps to fund its programs that provide lessons on gardening and food sovereignty for East Bay schools, as well as helping to maintain a garden at San Quentin Prison. Planting Justice recently acquired five acres in El Sobrante on which it plans to build a farm that will allow its employees and students to sell fresh produce to the surrounding community. The farm also will allow the nonprofit to expand its educational programs. That’s making the most of your resources.