About Sarvodaya Institute

Our Mission

Sarvodaya Institute work towards the upliftment of all, recognizing that we are all part of one great life and that our individual healing is our collective healing. Our work starts in the garden, a place where we can recognize ourselves in the soil, plants, insect, animals, and each other. We recognize all of this Earth as one garden, requiring care and love.

Our Story

Sarvodaya Institute grew out of The Growing Home in 2014 to show how the (sub)urban world can transition away from isolation and consumption and towards creativity, community, and connection.

We now maintain three demonstration gardens: Sarvodaya Farms, The Growing Commons and The Growing Home. Through these gardens we work towards the revitalization and healing of this Earth, recognizing that healing of people and soil is one in the same.

With the support of Sarvodaya Institute Members, we offer scholarships all of our events, and our videos are available to anyone and everyone. If you too feel empowered by our work, please consider becoming a Member.

Our Staff

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Farm & Nursery Manager

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Sage Tomita
Farmer

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Jennie McGuirk
Community Outreach

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Events Manager

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Anna Saucedo
Documentarian

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Farmer Manju Kumar
Legacy Farm Manager

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Farmer Rishi Kumar
Executive Director

Farmer Rishi is a small-scale farmer, land-artist, writer, and educator.

Since 2010, he has been working in the field of urban gardening and farming in Los Angeles, where he has helped create and establish hundreds of urban gardens. His work centers on the healing of people and Earth as one body. Rishi is the Executive Director of Sarvodaya Institute (@sarvodayafarms) and the Co-founder and Chief Gardening Officer of Healing Gardens Community (@healinggardens.co).

Our Board

Evelyn Wu

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Arthi Radhakrishnan

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Abhishek Arora

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Jason Jia

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