The Mindful Garden Collective is a social innovation project lead by students that empowers other students to create their own adventure through the revitalization and expansion of an urban space. We are committed to the wellness of our locality by providing organic food to those in need and by hosting a space for community gatherings. We believe in serving the community as a part of a larger effort to consciously influence the evolution of the planet in the name of synergy, compassion, and love.
The Laney edible garden is located in Oakland, CA in the Peralta district next to Lake Merritt. It was first started six years ago by a man who has been supporting agricultural growth and restoration throughout the Eastbay his entire life. Kenneth Kolevzon aka Grey is a key activist, teacher, and friend who supports some of the most influential projects throughout the bay. He started the Laney garden just so he would have an outdoors space to teach his High School class about the land. He continued to restore the land and expand the garden until it was big enough to feed hundreds.
We are an inner city community college serving a diverse population and our vision is to bring every one together by co-creating an outdoors inclusive wellness center. Our goals are to connect students to their food source, encourage emotional growth, community support, and restorative justice. We are currently awaiting approval to expand our space and build a food forest across the Lake Merritt canal. We host nonprofits, k-12, and are working towards becoming restitution. The garden is a place for the community to learn and grow together while supporting students to broaden their understanding of the world and realize the infinite possibilities that are available to them.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patanjali