Our Mission

The Growing Club gathers diverse individuals and communities together to nourish the common well being of people and our planet. We work holistically to revive the tradition of ecological integration by reawakening the power of people’s hands to weave humanity into nature’s web of generosity.

Our work provides an accessible platform for people to engage in skill-sharing, roots-up community development, and life-affirming urban agriculture. We demonstrate pro-activism, working locally to create beautiful and dynamic patterns for our neighbors close and far. By drawing on our collective strengths, we cultivate a culture of joy and harmony that honors our planet as home.

Our Story

The Growing Club 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. The Growing Club is a Community Supported Educational (CSE) Organization that relies on support and participation of our community to multiply the positivity of the work we do.

The Growing Club offers a variety of educational programs, from monthly hands-on workshops to our Farmer Training Program and CSA (Sarvodaya Farms ) to our online learning materials. You can often catch us with our Growing Club Members building gardens, hosting community potlucks, working on our farms, and speaking out against economic and ecological injustice. We spread awareness and knowledge with each of our activities, in search of ecological health and social justice in our urban world. If your new to our work, we suggest checking out our range of videos and joining us for our next Coffee, Compost, and Conversation potluck.

We strive to share knowledge and understanding with everyone we can. Thanks to the support of Growing Club Members, we offer scholarships to all of our workshops, our Farmer Training Program is absolutely free, and our videos are available to anyone and everyone. If you too feel empowered by our work, please consider becoming a Growing Club Member.

Staff

Rishi Kumar

DIRECTOR

Rishi is the founder and director of The Growing Club. Rishi has gained extensive experience in a variety of sustainability subjects since 2011 when he founded The Growing Home. He now speaks, teaches, and consult on topics such as urban gardening, urban farming, ecological design and sustainable living. Rishi is a permaculture design certificate holder, soil food web certificate holder, and Master Gardener.

Manju Kumar

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

Manju has over 25 years of gardening experience and is a master cook. She loves being outdoors in the garden or farm, taking care of the chickens, and cooking meals for her community.

Arthi Radhakrishnan

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT

Arthi loves good food, chocolate, and potatoes. She enjoys going on hikes, hanging out at the beach, and cooking meals from scratch. She helps manage the event schedule and keep this website up to date.

Lynn Fang

Growing Club Membership Manager / Compost Queen

Lynn Fang received her Master’s in Compost Biology at the University of Vermont and works to educate the community about soil health through workshops and classes. She leads the Sarvodaya Farm’s Master Composter Training Program and believes in the power of healthy soil to grow resilient communities. She is available for consultations on soil/compost.

Katie Lewis

Farmer Training Program Manager

Katie Lewis went through the Farmer Training Program in 2015 and now helps coordinate the Sarvodaya Farms’ Farmer Training Program and CSA program.  Katie is a treatment free beekeeper who believes that symbiotic relationships with these insects are vital to human’s food system and general well being, as well as being helpful to bee populations.  Katie has a background in visual art and social work.