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On November 15 we installed an orchard at New Horizon School. Included in the day's activities were Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian teachings about trees and stewardship.

"The best day to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best is today."

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On October 4, 2015 we installed a mini-orchard at Sinai Temple celebrating the end of the Shmita year (the sabbatical for the land) with a multi-faith ritual that combined Jewish liturgy with Muslim teachings and, with the happy confluence of the date with St. Francis of Assisi Day,  a blessing of the animals. Here are some photos.


We are pleased to announce that applications are open for you to apply for a matching micro-grant for your faith-based institution's garden.



Thanks to you, Netiya has become a hub for interfaith food justice work in the city. This has been our intention from the moment we set down our roots. The seeds we cast can grow deeper, and all over the city fallow land comes to blush with fertility, feeding those who are food insecure. Whether you care about equality, justice or changing the way our food is grown, your donation to us will continue to support your highest values and ours. Through our shared efforts we are brought together, we are made whole.


And God planted a garden eastward in Eden

(Genesis 2:8)

“וייטע יהוה אלוהים, גן-בעדן--מקדם"
Netiya is an interfaith food justice network that cultivates gardens on unused congregational land to grow and tithe nutritious food.  Netiya advances institutional collaboration around food procurement and food relief, so that Angelenos of all faiths can have greater access to food that is worthy of a blessing. We are a network of 32 faith-based institutions that work on hunger in LA. We believe that our institutions should source our food locally when possible. We are also deeply committed to ending food insecurity and to increasing access to healthy food in proactive and strategic ways. We believe that food is a fundamental human right. There is increasing recognition among emergency food providers of the importance of nutrition. It is no longer sufficient to merely provide calories to alleviate hunger. Just as important is providing nutrient rich foods that support adequate growth and health. But these healthier options, like fresh fruits and vegetables, are often too expensive for struggling families. In addition, many families live in “food deserts,” where markets are scarce and those that do exist sell mostly packaged, processed food. By making additional fresh produce options available across the city, we not only ease hunger but improve overall nutrition and health. By growing more food, we can tithe more food. We endeavor to build a more just and resilient food system. We believe that collaboration is the only method to make this vision a reality.

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