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About DPHGA

We are a grass-roots organization advocating for social, environmental, and economic justice. 

Vision 

We envision a world with climate-resilient families, healthy communities, and thriving ecosystems. 

Mission 

Our mission is to build sustainable neighborhoods and circular economies through policy, advocacy, and experiential education. 

Values

  • Community organizing and empowerment
  • Ecological restoration
  • Environmental justice
  • Preservation of BIPOC cultural practices and traditions
  • Mutual aid and trustworthiness
  • Mutual respect and trust
  • Trauma-informed care to promote healing, intellectual, and performing arts (health and well-being)
  • Poverty-intervention and economic equity
  • Recovery from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education
  • Asset-based community development
  • Community building 

DPHGA Pillars

Food Sovereignty 

  • Sustainable urban farming
  • Food production and gardening
  • Community building
  • Access to no-cost, fresh, local food for vulnerable populations

Health

  • Public health and preventative health
  • Food education and resources
  • Mental health and community service
  • Ecological stewardship
  • Resident capacity building 

Climate Equity

  • Clean water, air, and land
  • Create and maintain healthy ecosystems
  • Improve the quality of life in disadvantaged communities
  • Learning and sustainability 

Theory of Change

Our theory of change is rooted and based on the thriving together springboard that focuses on well-being and justice through the adoption of a set of vital conditions and a set of strategic imperatives and guiding principles. We are committed to ensuring that our neighborhood supports a thriving natural world, belonging and civic muscle, and basic needs for health and safety.  

Goals

We seek to improve the social determinants of health in disadvantaged communities and among vulnerable populations. 

Impact and Outcomes

We are focused on achieving the following impacts and outcomes:

  • Increase opportunities and resources for vulnerable populations (human, economic, social, environmental). 
  • Expand food sovereignty and healthy ecosystems.
  • Increase equitable neighborhood investments and development.
  • Increase access to healthy, affordable, and locally grown food by Black, indigenous, immigrant, and people of color (BIIPOC) farmers.
  • Increase power within disadvantaged communities to create sustainable change, improve health outcomes, invest in future wellbeing, and inform a replicable strategy for distressed neighborhoods (read the race and place report for more info).
  • Self-governing skills among community members.
  • Expand farm stands, urban ag markets, co-ops.
  • Plan, design, and develop cooperative housing, energy, and food business models.
  • Manufactured added-value products and goods (Cottage Housing laws, street vending, etc.).

Meet the Team

Fatima T. Malik, MPH (we/ours)

Founder/Lead Organizer

Fatima is a 20-year resident of Del Paso Heights with a Masters in Public Health. She is an immigrant from South Asia and her social justice training emerged from being raised by a single-mother and having to provide for herself, family, and community. She is a member of the 2021 inaugural leadership cohort, Partners Advancing Climate Equity. 

Fatima enjoys cooking, gardening, yoga, meditation, and travelling. 

Contact Us

Join Us

Del Paso Heights Growers’ Alliance has been fiscally sponsored by Sierra Service Project since 2021. They have been long-time partners in North Sacramento, and are excited to begin this new journey together.