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1692 MANGROVE AVECHICO, CA 95926 United States

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Mission Statement

From the Ground Up is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Butte County residents by providing fresh, healthy organically grown produce to those in need and to the kitchens that serve in economically challenged areas. We also provide free Life Skills Workshops such as cooking, nutrition, gardening, economical grocery shopping, anxiety control through breathing, safe socialization, and self-reliance. Education leads to better nutrition, which leads to better performance, and better performance leads to more healthy and prosperous lives. We are still also delivering fire aid and teaching fire recovery skills to low income and surviving fire families. All of these classes are offered for free to local families and taught by professional volunteers. The supplies are purchased through grants and donations.


We are volunteers, no paid staff, nor office with its overhead. We grow food, give it away for free and teach basic life skills like nutrition, cooking and so many other skills. We’ve installed gardens to teach in and offer free workshops. This was our normal until November 8 th, 2018.

The Butte County Camp Fire happened. Help was needed, so we did what we do. Through grants we’ve been able to purchase a mobile sawmill. We’re turning burned trees into usable lumber for free. We’re teaching new skills. We acquired a backhoe/tractor/trailer and a dump truck. Our equipment is offered for free to do milling, trenching, leveling, hauling gravel or soil. We have built a crew of trained professionals to volunteer to do this work for us and to teach these fire survivors new skills. These are definitely skills in high demand, especially since the fires.

Our goal is to continue our normal programs, keep teaching fire victims new skills, as well as, learn to repair their own properties. It will even give them an opportunity to use this equipment on their own properties as they learn through our Community Tool Lending Library. Then we also give them the pride of having done it themselves.


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