Transforming the Hood for G.O.O.D.

(Growing Our Own Destiny)
Urban Farm
to Fork is a
way of life

Our mission is to transform the hood for G.O.O.D. using urban agriculture as a tool for community engagement, empowerment and employment.

With a single seed, not much bigger than the period at the end of this sentence, we hope to rebuild and restore South Oak Park to a healthier place where all families have equitable access to the resources they need to thrive.
Starting with a few plants in the backyard, our vision has grown to showing communities the answers contained in the soil.

  • Growing Food

    Farm Stand, Internship, Project GOOD

  • Growing People

    Education, Youth Maker Space, Project GOOD

  • Growing Community

    Soil Sisters, Fruit Gleaning, Garden Builds

Calendar of Events

Preserving the Summer Harvest: Canning Tomatoes! @ The Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Summer tomatoes will be soon gone so don’t miss the opportunity to create your stash for fall/winter soups. Water bath canning is an excellent way to preserve your garden’s harvest and/or farmer’s market tomato bounty. Join us for an afternoon of hands on learning and great conversation as we preserve some amazing varieties to use beyond summer.

During the class, participants will learn:

  • Safe water bath canning techniques

  • How to select the best tomatoes for canning

  • Proper storage methods

  • Equipment required and sourcing

  • Troubleshooting procedures

Each participants will take home:

  • One 16oz jar of canned tomatoes

  • Judith’s 9-page instructional booklet on everything you need to know about canning tomatoes,

  • An equipment list

  • Delicious recipes for your canned tomatoes!

Bring an apron and an open mind.

Scholarships are available, please apply here.


Judith Yisrael. is co-founder of The Yisrael Family Urban Farm. Her handmade soaps and other skin care products are sold at retail outlets in Sacramento. She, along with her husband, own and operate The Yisrael Family Urban Farm where she teaches herbalism, cooking & canning classes, and other homesteading skills for over five years. Judith is a community educator, member of the the American Herbalist Guild, and student at The Herbal Academy.

Afro Yoga x Yisrael Family Urban Farm: Urban Farm Yoga! @ The Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Afro Yoga x Yisrael Family Urban Farm: Urban Farm Yoga! @ The Yisrael Family Urban Farm | Sacramento | CA | US

We are excited to have Urban Farm Yoga return this fall!

Come appreciate the seasonal shift into fall through a gentle vinyasa class surrounded by nature. This class is open to all levels (especially beginners) and is family friendly. 

Please bring your own mat, any sun protection you may need and water vessel. There will be a water station for everyone to enjoy. 


Angie is the founder of Afro Yoga in Sacramento, that focused on creating a movement for women of color through community and collaboration. She is passionate about sharing the true meaning of yoga, and teaching people how to take the principles from the physical practice into their lives off the mat.

Growing Culinary and Medicinal Herbs from Seeds and Cuttings @ Yisrael Family Urban Farm
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn the basics of growing herbs from seed and cuttings, two of the most economical ways to start your herb garden. We will be going over soil, water, and light needs for most herbs for a successful harvest! No matter how much space you have, come out and leave confident to start your own herb garden in the ground, in containers, or in raised beds!

This is a hands-on class and each guest will learn how to:

    • Sow seeds in small containers and take them home

    • Start herbs from cuttings and take them home

    • Take cuttings from "mother plants" and take a small bundle of herbs home for their own garden 

Our class instructor is Maria Schiffler, herbalist and CEO/Founder of Sapphire Herbal Boutique (organic homegrown herbs and body care products). Shegrows over twenty types of herbs in her small garden and uses her herbs daily for natural healing. As a UC Master Gardener and Co-Project Leader for the Herb Garden at FOHC she helps manage over 50 annual and perennial herbs, and educates home gardeners on how easy it can be to start their own herb garden. 

Maria Schiffler


  • Creamy Zucchini Soup

    Creamy Zucchini Soup
  • Indian-Inspired Mulligatawny

    Indian-Inspired Mulligatawny
  • Sweet Potato Chili

    By: Judith Yisrael    Ι   January 26, 2018

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    The warm healing spices of garlic, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, turmeric, and chili powder are the perfect combination as we descend into the final days of winter.  The warmth of these spices will fill our homes and bodies as we get cozy with our big blankets, warm fires, and soft sweaters.

    The star of this hearty winter dish are the sweet potatoes. The tender sweetness of the potatoes add a balance with the richness of the spices. The potatoes add quality protein and substantial quantities of vitamins A, B, and C, while the pungent spices stimulate the immune system and increases circulation.

    Double the recipe if feeding a crowd, or save and meal prep for leftovers during the week. Leftover chili are delicious on tortilla chips garnished with fresh onion, olives, lettuce and guacamole. Leftovers can also be made into Shepherd's Pie or enchiladas.

    Sweet Potato Chili

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook Time: 40 minutes

    1 hour, 10 minutes


    Yield: 6

    Sweet Potato Chili


    • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
    • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped
    • 6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano (or 3 tablespoons of fresh)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons of coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 large sweet potato, unpeeled, cut into cubes
    • 2 cups diced tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
    • 2 cups vegetable broth, or water
    • 2 cups chopped spinach, kale (or other winter greens in my garden)
    • salt to taste


    1. Heat coconut oil over medium heat until warm. Add the onion and saute for 3 to 5 minutes.
    2. Add the jalapeno, garlic, oregano, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and turmeric about 1 minute stirring often.
    3. Add the tomatoes, cacao powder, broth, beans and sweet potatoes. Bring to a simmer and simmer about 10 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender.
    4. Add the winter greens and simmer until greens are tender. Add salt to taste.
    5. Serve in bowls with garnish.


    garnishes can include: Cilantro, fresh onion, sliced avocado, olives, hot sauce

    Sweet Potato Chili
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