Root For Peace Mission
Our mission is to grow and donate California native plants to support school art & garden programs. In turn these plants once sold at your fundraiser support wild habitat. Our goal is to help you and our native habitat at the same time to restore, educate, and protect our children and the environment they live in.

Root For Peace generally donates about 100 plants to your school for fundraisers or school gardens. Children prepare them in habitat boxes and learn about the plants before they are sold at the fundraiser. 100 plants raises about $1000.

We can also donate plants for planting in the school garden. Our overall mission is to educate about and support the installation of organic home and school gardens, and native landscapes locally and abroad while tying in creative ways to fund essential programs. Every step of the way can be a positive one if we look at the world systemically. 

Who can become a Root for Peace Recipient?
Non-profit schools and educational centers in the greater Bay area can become recipients. Please fill out a recipient application for approval. We will contact you within 10 days about your submission  request.

We also grow affordable California native plants for restoration projects and non-profits.

Why Native Plants?
Each of our drought tolerant California natives provides habitat here as well as an educational opportunity for children. Native plants are a wonderful educational resource for children as they interact with them they learn about the indigenous Miwok who used these plants for food and medicine. Helping children understand where food comes from has been show statistically to improve their relation ship with fresh foods for a lifetime. Helping them have healthier more grounded lives. Growing drought tolerant natives also protects wild habitat and precious water resources for future generations.

Helping Root For Peace Thrive!
There are many costs associated with growing natives and hundreds of hours of work. Your generous donation of time and/ or money helps us continue this vital program. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today. Root For Peace’s average cost to grow a plant is $3.00. A $75 donation will help us donate 25 plants to a school of your choice.

Who does Root For Peace Sell to?
Root for Peace sells wholesale to nurseries, and to restoration projects. We offer special pricing for non-profits who are purchasing bulk. When Root For Peace sells plants for a profit you can designate the recipient of those funds. You may lend a helping hand to schools in East Africa, who struggle with lack of access to fresh water, drought and resulting famine.  You  may also a support Root for Peace expansion or select to give to a specific school. Every step of the way is a positive one for these natives.

You can donate plants to Root for Peace 
Root for Peace
accepts plants that have been grown in excess. We will foster them and donate them to school projects in the Bay area.

What else should you know?
Native plants are easy to care for. We are working on a partner program to add vegetables to our menu of plants to be donated to school art and garden programs. 

Growing vitamins at your doorstep contributes to food security. 
"Urban agriculture is at the heart of sustainable agriculture, because it brings food production into communities. In addition to dramatically reducing food miles, it makes the subject of where food comes from highly visible and accessible to the eating public. “Out of sight out of mind” is a recipe for disaster when it comes to our food. " Vernay Pilar Reber

Root For Peace Liberty Gardens arrive at your door ready to grow.  
Just add sun, love and water.  They fit on terraces or hang on walls. If you have sun and water we have a garden that fits your needs. A wonderful way for you and your children to engage with nature and your food resources in a family learning environment.  Reducing our use of packaged and processed foods is healthier for us and the earth. Connecting with our basic human needs and our rights to safe food production is essential. Liberty Gardens bring us one step closer to a safe food and preserving the earths abundant natural systems as well as our personal knowledge of Roots. We offer a wide range of plants, tools and accessories to help you enjoy the pleasures of growing abundantly.

Planting edible gardens & California native plants helps protect lives locally while  planting the roots of change globally. 
Over 12 million people are in dire need of food and water in East Africa today. An estimated 925 million hungry worldwide. The life threatening consequences of climate change are apparent around the world. By learning to grow our own organic food we contribute to global food security.  By planting drought tolerant native plants we also protect crucial habitat and reduce our water use. Making a personal sustainability goal here sends a ripple of hope around the world. We can all Root For Peace today. Click here to see Daisy's photos & articles on East Africa.
Why Liberty Gardens?
In the spirit of victory gardens liberty gardens promote self- reliance and food security. Getting back to our roots we learn self reliance through abundant and accessible food production. Food security begins with knowing how to produce our own food in a viable and accessible manner.  

Why Native Plants Are a Good Choice?
California Natives are a beautiful way for your company or household to provide crucial ecosystem services. Providing habitat, erosion control, Leed Certification credits and benefits to your corporate CSR reporting. Our organization provides opportunities to carbon balance as the profits go to East Africa sustainable development initiatives. They provide a cost savings as they are drought tolerant and use less water and require little to no maintenance. Native Plants help us all put roots into the ground and connect to preserving and being part of our native habitatThe native medicinal plants we grow enhance the well being of everyone growing them.  California Native plants are both drought tolerant and fire resistant. Restoring and providing more native habitat fosters the health of local species of birds, insects and animals. With little to no maintenance once planted they provide blooms in your garden all spring and summer. 

Become a Virtual Farmer
You can also buy plants virtually if you don't have a garden and your plants will be donated to school garden programs in the greater Bay area.  

Root For Peace Goal! 
To plant 20,000 California Natives and provide 1,000 Liberty Gardens by December 2012.
We root, you add sun, love and water.  Root for Peace is currently donating all profits to Doctors without boarders and solar stove initiatives, to help those most effected by climate change. To help us achieve this important goal please call 415-419-6459 today. 

Climate Change and Drought 
Daisy founder fo root For Peace has a special interest in East Africa. Her photographic exploration of climate change as it pertains to children's issues is what first got her started with native plants. Trying to work on systems on both a micro and macro level. Finding ways to help at home with native plants that support in initiaties abroad are her way of helping clarify that we are all deeply connected and so are our global systems. 

News on climate, famine and what we can do.

Highlights From Oxfam Briefing* Reports from the Kenya Food Security Group and from pastoralist communities show that drought-related shocks used to occur every ten years, and they are now occurring every five years or less. *  According to meteorological data, temperatures have already increased -- mean annual temperatures increased from 1960-2006 by 1.0°C in Kenya and 1.3°C in Ethiopia. *  In the absence of urgent action to slash emissions, temperatures in the region will likely increase by 3°C-4°C by 2080-2099 relative to 1980-1999. *  Rainfall trends are unclear: Most projections, including those of the IPCC, suggest more rain will fall in the East Africa region as a whole. However, even if rainfall does increase, this will in part be offset by temperature rises which cause greater evapo-transpiration. *  Developed countries must lead efforts to cut emissions, increasing their current targets to more than 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. *  The $100 billion per year committed for climate action in developing countries must now be delivered. *  National governments and the international community should dramatically increase long-term investment in pastoral and smallholder food producers in the Horn of Africa. 

 Doctors Without Borders/Medicines Sans Frontier’s (MSF), which currently operates 120 malnutrition programs in 36 countries. They recently launched a multimedia campaign called "Starved for Attention," which combines the use of film, photography, and social media to document childhood malnutrition. The goal of this initiative is to amplify the voices of some of the millions of people who live without a proper diet and to expose the forces that make this misery so widespread. Click here to watch some of their short films.


The World Bank estimates that, between 2008 and 2009, as many as 200 million people worldwide were were pushed into poverty. With the global recession, rising food prices, and strains on agricultural production caused by climate change, families around the world are struggling to satisfy their basic nutritional needs. While international food aid systems have been developed to help address these challenges, they are riddled with inefficiencies and flaws that prevent their success and, in some cases, make food insecurity worse.
Millions of the the world’s food aid recipients are deprived of a well-rounded diet, since much of the international food aid comes from rich countries' surpluses of cereals like rice and corn. Under current food aid arrangements, donor countries subsidize their farmers' overproduction of cereals, which are then delivered to impoverished areas. This food "dumping" creates dependencies on the imported food and prevents the development of any sustainable local agricultural production. It also guarantees diets of such poor nutritional value that they would never be acceptable for most citizens in the donor countries. MSF nutrition expert Dr. Susan Shepherd has urged the heads of international food programs to “give the children what they need, not what is left over” and to “treat the young children of developing countries the same way you would treat your own children.”