Roots & Dreams and Mustard Seeds Inc.
Inspiring Impactful Change
At Roots & Dreams and Mustard Seeds Inc., we aim to empower vulnerable community members through economic participation and ownership opportunities.
Alongside our member organization, Manos Unidas Co-op, we also engage in critical community development initiatives that resource our communities basic needs, from food access and wellness to social, educational and artistic programming.
Roots & Dreams and Mustard Seeds Inc. belives that economic participation and ownership is key to the empowerment of our most vulnerable community members. This type of participatory cooperative model aspires to true equity and justice, where everyone has a voice in their work, housing, local, state and national government and can easily access basic needs that extends to social, educational and artistic endeavors.
Organized and led by members with lived experience of poverty, projects include worker co-op development, community owned real-estate, co-op housing, food access, mutual aid, labor organizing, youth and wellness programming, a community center, and mobilizing for direct action for legislative change .
Since our founding in late 2017, we have witnessed how our seeds, empowered by community roots, have grown to include so many solidarity economy projects. Want to take part? Contribute to our work by donating or volunteering today.
Creating Something Better
At Roots & Dreams and Mustard Seeds Inc., our change-making process is deeply rooted in community organizing and coalition building with local and statewide networks. Our economic development goals can only be accomplished with our incredible mentor, Cooperative Development Institute and our key statewide coalitions, Coalition of Worker Owner Power (COWOP) and MASEN (Massachusetts Solidarity Economy Network).
Manos Unidas Cooperative and RE-FORMATION Academy are two member organizations that share our EIN. Together we bring to life community development projects that create access for vulnerable citizens at RE-Define Community Center that includes youth and wellness programming, food security, artistic, social, and educational opportunities, mutual aid support, peer skill sharing, and access to basic needs.
Alongside members of the Change for Miguel Coalition, we're organizing for resources and increased access so that everyone feels safe in Pittsfield, MA
We have a heightened awareness that each and every one of us has the capability to contribute their amazing skill sets. With this strength behind us, just imagine what we can achieve together.
Making a Difference
From worker co-op development, to community owned real-estate to labor organizing, to co-op housing, the opportunity for vulnerable citizens to democratically participate in their lives is both meaningful and transformational. Ownership opportunities opens up avenues for low income people to build generational wealth.
For vulnerable citizens to feel empowered, they must have access to basic needs which extends to social, educational, and artistic opportunities. Our community development projects include RE-Define Community Center, Corazonidos Community School, Mercado De Vida free food market, Madre Jardin - Let's Grow Food Together, Embrace Potential Wellness Program, Berkshire Art Center Collaboration - paid opportunists for artists, and peer led skill sharing classes. Join our efforts today!
Activism for Equity and Justice
Change-making doesn't happen in a vacuum. We know that we must mobilize and organize with like-minded citizens for change. We work closely with COWOP, MASEN, and the Change for Miguel Coalition to pave important roadways in legislation and/or open avenues to local participatory governance so that our most vulnerable citizens can have their voices heard and counted.
Mercado De Vida
Food Access has become a critical aspect of our organizing work. Alongside our member organizations, Manos Unidas Co-op and RE-FORMation Academy and food justice collaborators, High Spirit Community Farm, Greenagers, Guido's, and Windy Ridge Farm, this program now includes Madre Jardin urban garden, a community fridge, and three days of operating hours for organic food pick up and delivery!