A Unique Partnership

Partnership for Growth LA is a Black & Jewish Community Development Corporation established to build sustainable community wellness and cooperative development among South and West Los Angeles. Partnership for Growth LA was founded by disruptors who listen and respond to the needs of the communities we serve.

PFGLA was founded in 2020 as a partnership between McCarty Memorial Christian Church (MMCC) and the Jewish Center for Justice (JCJ), to address core needs vital to community members’ quality of life, such as food access, job and economic security, primary education support, and workforce development.

PFGLA is built upon a rich history of Black and Jewish co-organizing, paying homage to the fight for fairness and justice during the Civil Rights movement. While our partnership is unique, it is not new.

Our Vision

PFGLA advocates for investing intentionally in our communities, in a manner that fosters sustainability and growth from within and can be replicated for long-lasting positive impact.

  • We foster partnerships that lead to community restoration and growth.
  • We are dedicated to thoughtfully investing resources to support locally owned and operated businesses within communities.
  • Our programs and initiatives prioritize opportunities for community development in ways that do not displace community members.
  • We are inclusive and collaborative. We believe diverse partnerships are critical to successful programming and providing opportunities for our community.
  • PFGLA builds effective and replicable systems to support the holistic development of individuals and communities.

Current Programs

Project Jubilee

Project Jubilee is a paid workforce development  program that works with violence-impacted youth, youth who have been pushed out of traditional schooling, and formerly incarcerated individuals. Learn more…

Freedom Farms

Freedom Farms aims to democratize and scale urban farming and enhance food accessibility by building a network of urban farms among South and West LA communities. Learn more…

Read Lead Freedom Schools

Read Lead Freedom Schools is a free summer school and after school program for school-aged children, dedicated to expanding access to culturally competent reading comprehension and education support. Learn more…

Project Jubilee – Join Our Next Cohort

Project Jubilee is a paid workforce development program that provides youth and young adults with comprehensive job training, social and financial support, and more…

Interested? Click here to get started

Kimble DeLeon Goodman

PFGLA is deeply saddened to report that Kimble Deleon Goodman, one of the master farmers at Freedom Farms, passed away on October 15, 2023. Kimble influenced the original proposal for PFGLA’s Freedom Farms, and three years later that co-imagination became a reality. Kimble loved to discuss farming, his own farms in Lancaster, and his work to empower Black, Brown, and Indigenous urban farmers across California and the country. He will be missed. Rest in Power.

“We will miss Kimble for his vision, his gentle spirit, and his diligence to bend the arc of justice so that Black, Brown, and Indigenous farmers can reclaim the land.”

— Pastor Eddie Anderson, CEO, PFGLA

Latest News

Announcing the Freedom Farms Grant Recipients

PFGLA’s vision for Freedom Farms is to create a network of urban farms and gardens that support a sustainable food distribution system to local businesses and community members.

In October, we announced our first Request for Proposal for eligible groups to participate in building a local food economy in South and West LA, growing agricultural products and providing produce for sale and distribution.

Less than 90 days after close of the RFP, we are excited to announce the grant recipients of this first Freedom Farms cohort. They are:

Carthay School of Environmental Studies
Crenshaw Community Garden
Epworth Farm
First AME Church
Garden School Foundation
Good Earth Community Garden
Greater Watts Community Garden
Greener Way Associates
Hollywood Community Housing
Los Angeles Green Grounds
Park Hills Community Church
RootDown LA
Social Justice Learning Institute

For more information, click here

Thank you again to all who applied. We look forward to our next RFP cycle, and the opportunity to work with more local organizations in the future.

photos by Karim Saafir

Freedom Farms Launch Coverage

The Freedom Farms program launch event was featured on local TV and radio and in Los Angeles Times (Website, PDF), Los Angeles Sentinel (Website), OurWeekly (Website), NewsBreak (Website, PDF), La Opinión (Website, PDF: Español, English), and other media outlets.

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