Today, the Trellis for Tomorrow network of 30+ community gardens grows and gives organic food to those who benefit most. These green spaces are stewarded in partnership with neighbors—encouraging us all to grow in new ways—and foster vibrant, more sustainable communities along the way. The best part? Four of these gardens are youth-led—providing the next generation of changemakers with valuable skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership and more. These initiatives represent the positive transformation Trellis seeks to bring about—fostering compassionate and resilient communities, who are equipped to feed and lead themselves.
As the story continues, Trellis for Tomorrow remains committed to cultivating a sustainable future—a future where every individual, every community, and every corner of the world can thrive. It’s a story of sowing seeds of hope, tending to the garden of change, and envisioning a tomorrow that is brighter and more resilient than today.
We are forward thinking and optimistic
We do not shy away from the future, nor do we ignore reality or science. We lean into it, are curious about it, and embrace it. We regularly consider how we can best position ourselves to serve others in the world of the future. We maintain a positive attitude in our workplace and strive to pass on a sense of hope and optimism in all that we do with others.
We care deeply for our planet and all who live on it
Living things thrive when they are cared about and cared for. When people experience being cared for, they are better able to care for others, living things of all sizes – great and small – and the substance, materials, and building blocks of this world that support their living. At Trellis, we focus intently on how we care for others and regularly seek to improve the ways we do so. We hope the way we care for others will inspire caring and compassion in the communities we serve.
We believe we are all connected
With the complexity of the world today, it is easy to lose sight of how our individual lives are connected to all that is around us. Internally, and in our programs, we emphasize the importance of understanding systems thinking. We strive to raise our participant’s sense of their relationship to, and potential for impact on, the many systems they interact with. We hope this sense of relation will cause us all to be more mindful of our actions and to motivate us to create positive change in the world.
We believe in life long learning and the power of experience
We believe learning is a forever journey that is most potent when achieved through experiences. We are never done growing, nor is anyone ever “beyond hope” or lacking in potential. We strive to light a fire in our workplace and programs so that people of all ages become and remain curious about the world around them and confident in their ability to grow, change, and evolve. We also believe that people learn most effectively when all their senses are involved in an experience. Furthermore, when direct experience occurs in nature, additional benefits such as fresh air, physical activity, and improved mental health, can have an even more profound transformative potential, especially in our increasingly virtual world.
We accomplish more by partnering
The more we cooperate and collaborate, the more fulfilled and more resilient we will be, both as individuals and collectively. At Trellis, we proactively seek out mutually beneficial connections for ourselves and for others and keep ourselves open to explore any opportunities for partnership. Our goal is to build strong, authentic, partnerships of all types that will optimize resources and strengthen the communities we serve .
We strive for justice for all
All life is important and no one life is more important than another. We are committed to continually educating ourselves and others to rectify past and current injustices in any system that we are a part of. This commitment involves being open to seeing the world through a new lens and to not turning away from things that are painful and for which we must take ownership. Once we are aware, it is our responsibility to proactively work towards a more just and equitable future for all.
"It is so gratifying to see our community garden fully utilized and brimming with beautiful, organic vegetables. We believe Trellis's investment in Pottstown youth will reap another kind of harvest, too, as they use what they learned in the program to impact the world around them."
– Twila Fisher, Executive Director of Hobart’s Run
“My favorite parts of the program include team bonding activities, caring for the plants in the garden, making the community happy with the produce, building new bonds with Trellis staff, and learning about topics that are vital for growth.”
– Kenyada, 4th year YSE participant and Springboard Leader
“I just looked out the break room window to see the sun shining on our new garden. I’m really excited for the growing season and to see how much food we can grow to share with our community. Thank you so much for taking your time to come out and teach us how to build the garden beds, and for helping to make all of this possible. I look forward to working with you in the garden this year.”
– Program Partner, Food For All
“Trellis continues to impress me with the awesome work you are doing here in Chester County; you should be very proud.”
– Program Officer, Chester County Department of Community Development
“My greatest hope in allowing her to do this program is that she finds something she loves to do and to give back and be a part of something bigger that helps better our community.”
– Julia, Parent of youth participant
“Speakers, especially those from B Lab, were excellent. Topics were also very good and interesting. Overall this was a great opportunity for me. Thank you to everyone who arranged it.”
– Attendee, Tempus
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Trellis for Tomorrow staff and board are committed to starting change from within. We will settle for nothing less than for Trellis to become an anti-racist organization. This opportunity is at the doorstep of all organizations and individuals, but we feel it particularly critical for an organization such as ours that works daily for greater social, environmental, and economic justice. Each of these areas is deeply and inextricably tied to racial justice and we cannot solve one without addressing the others.
Trellis for Tomorrow is an equal opportunity organization and makes all employment/volunteer/program acceptance decisions without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. For a full copy of Trellis's anti-harassment and discrimination policy, including grievance procedures, please click here. Should you require a translation of this document into another language or an audio version, please call 610-886-4901.