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Netiya is an interfaith food justice network that cultivates urban 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. To grow community food security and urban agriculture in Los Angeles, our 42 faith-based institutions operate with a growing awareness of the need to radically shift our current food system and grow our local, and fair-labor food systems.   Netiya Internships are an 8-hour weekly commitment for four months. Interns will help launch our new micro-grants program for our network members to install or upgrade their unused lands to grow food. Interns will also help standardize our educational programming for the interfaith community, organize our permaculture workshops and community events, and write newsletters and social media content. Intern positions are unpaid opportunities to give back to community through hands-on grassroots organizing. Interns may be eligible to receive school credit for this internship. Applicants should possess a strong collaborative spirit.   To Apply: Please send us your resume and a writing sample detailing a clear and proactive way in which you would inform interfaith audiences about: 1) growing food, 2) stewardship or, 3) food justice in relationship to a holiday (religious or secular): info@netiya.org.   Let us know your general availability [Be specific about your weekdays, Sundays and evening availability]


Netiya hosts BJE at Shared Earth Project

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On July 28th, Netiya hosted BJE's Social Action summer program kids at the Shared Earth Project, our flagship program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City. They worked HARD in the orchard, learning about water conservation through good land stewardship practices. At the same time they learned about taking care of the rights of agricultural workers by experiencing what it means to do physical labor on one of the hottest days of the year.

Thank you, Builders of Jewish Education!


You missed the most inspiring party of the year on May 30!  Check out the photos of the Strawberry Moon event!


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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