To help people become community leaders, GRuB offers trainings & mentorship opportunities around food justice. Participants learn practices & communication tools that enable people to connect across their difference in meaningful & empowering ways so they can take multicultural communication skills out into the community.
Food justice is GRuB’s vehicle for deep community work with a variety of people, from youth who’ve had to grow up fast to veterans struggling with disabilities to families living in the “war-zone of poverty” as well as a wide variety of volunteers, donors & partners. Food truly can help us reach our full potential as a community.
GRuB’s powerful youth & community development programs have directly benefitted folks in Thurston County for years. Now, we provide coaching & training, what we call “pollination", to support communities that wish to develop their own GRuB-like programs.
Our goal? To teach our youth program models to others, sharing our strengths & the lessons we’ve learned. We believe we can all grow together to build just and sustainable food systems everywhere, so all people can contribute to and reap the benefits of good, fair food.
GRuB empowers veterans to continue serving their community as partners, builders & farmers in our GRuB Garden Project and Victory Farm. The Victory Farm is a safe, non-confrontational environment where veterans work shoulder to shoulder immersed in the healing nature of the outdoors, agriculture, and dirt work. Victory Farmers are an integral part of the GRuB Garden Project, expanding the work which we’ve been doing throughout the South Sound since 1993. Veterans lead the effort to build gardens with low-income people and families in Thurston County, WA. From 2014-2020, they've built over 500 gardens in the community and provided a means for people to grow their own food.
If you need a garden, want to deepen your roots in our community, or are looking to connect with people who have diverse life experiences, the GRuB Garden Project has a place for you.
GRuB's good work starts with community members like you! We welcome volunteer support from individuals, service clubs & business-sponsored service days. There are lots of ways to contribute to GRuB’s mission as a volunteer, from one-time drop-in work on the farm to ongoing capacity-building projects like data entry or landscaping support. Come discover how your gifts of time & talent can help GRuB continue to grow!