For millennia, the Kumeyaay and Luiseño/Payómkawichum people have been a part of this land. This land has nourished, healed, protected and embraced them for many generations in a relationship of balance and harmony. As we grow food on this land and attempt to feed it's people, San Diego Co-Harvest acknowledges this legacy. We will realize our intentions to promote this balance and harmony and work daily to undo the current systems of oppression and environmental degradation that have been designed into our region. As a business we work to cherish this land and follow the teachings (Horticultural & other) of those who have lived in "San Diego"; the land of the Native peoples. Our interesting business design enables our employees and members to tend this stolen land and bring life back into barren, biologically hostile, urban environments. As we approach our mission we continually recognize the history/ancestral knowledge of the Kumeyaay people.
Finally, Land Acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationship building, and informed intentional action centering indigenous voices. Our institution, and the individuals that work here, have an obligation to native peoples to educate themselves in a thoughtful, responsible and respectful way. Most importantly, they have an obligation to be respectful and kind to the original nations of this land. Remember: unless your ancestors came here in chains, you are here because you have unearned privilege from the history of genocide and land theft perpetuated by generations of aggressive settlement and ongoing systemic, structural genocide.