Cultural Roots Nursery

Cultural Roots Nursery was founded in 2020 with a mission to heal the connection between Asian American diaspora and our ancestral foodways by increasing the availability and abundance of culturally important heritage plants.


We aim to educate, empower and inspire communities to learn how to grow their own food while working towards healthy and culturally relevant food access for all.

Cultural Roots Nursery Founder, Li Schmidt, is a first generation Taiwanese American farmer. She has a decade of organic farming and gardening experience with a Masters in community development from UC Davis. She is also a farmer member of the California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC) and the Asian American Farmers Alliance, which both work towards achieving justice for farmers of color.

Find us at the Local markets!

We specialize in organically grown Asian heritage plants. You can find our plants in the Spring and Fall seasons at:

SAT April 27th 11 AM – 4 PM @ Taiwan Best Mart (2219 10th St, Sacramento)

SAT May 4th 10 AM – 4 PM @ Tokyo Fish Market (1220 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley)

SAT May 11th 11 AM – 4 PM @ Third Culture Bakery (2701 Eight St, Berkeley)

SAT May 18th 10 AM – 3 PM @ Healing Puso Health and Healing Clinic (Trinity Presbytarian Church, 1002 W 8th St, Stockton)

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op

Our Plants
& Seeds



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Community Involvement

Over the past two years we have collaborated with growers and gardeners to build knowledge and skills for important heritage foods from a diversity of cultural and ethnic communities. Part of our mission is to support and work in solidarity with BIPOC communities in growing heritage plants and accessing culturally relevant gardening information. This past year we have grown plants for school and community gardens in the Sacramento Area and Bay Area.

We host school and community groups at our farm for hands-on learning about the different phases of growing food, from seed to harvest.

Interested in Establishing Your Garden?

Please click below if you would like to set up a meeting about establishing your garden or sourcing heritage plants!

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