By activating home plots, schools, parks, and vacant lots with gardens, nutrition classes, cooking demos, and healthy living education, 100 Seeds of Change, is establishing a local-level food system. 100 Seeds of Change empowers community members to eat healthy, thus lowering their risk of diet related diseases. The produce grown on these mini-organic-farms is managed by a local community network, and is distributed at affordable rates. Utilized year round, the produce harvested from these gardens is made available to the larger community through community supported agriculture (CSA).
In many communities of color, individuals lack affordable and accessible healthy food sources. The result of this inequality is seen in increased health risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. For example, in Inglewood, nearly 48% of students are classified as obese. Considering these facts, and the predominance of fast food restaurants, liquor stores, and low quality chain supermarkets in the community, the Social Justice Learning Institute developed 100 Seeds of Change.