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.
Cultural Roots Nursery is AN ASIAN AMERICAN AND WOMAN-OWNED NURSERY GROWING HERITAGE VEGETABLE, FRUIT, AND HERB 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.
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.
Please click below if you would like to set up a meeting about establishing your garden or sourcing heritage plants!