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Salvador Mateo

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Salvador Mateo is a permaculture landscaper and co-founder of EAT GRUB (Enhancing Access to Gardens and Revolutionizing Urban Backyards).


As Seniors at Mandela High School in Oakland, Salvador helped build a raised annual vegetable garden and planted 10 fruit trees to provide healthy, organic produce to the community. Through a 10 week training program with Ashoka's Youth Ventures, Salvador developed a business plan under the mentorship of Planting Justice co-founders. The vision of EAT GRUB is to eliminate community food deserts in Oakland. Our mission is to establish a greener community and provide connections to the Earth and our ancestors by enhancing the accessibility of healthy foods through building raised garden beds for low-income families in Oakland.


Salvador Mateo recently graduated from Mandela High School Law and Public Service Academy in Oakland, and his senior project focused on food deserts in Oakland.