Hi, we're Alma Community Outreach.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides a diversified wellness curriculum in partnership with public schools in low-income communities throughout Los Angeles. Students learn about the process of growing, harvesting, sourcing and cooking food and examine their own neighborhood food system.


Founded by Ashleigh Parsons, EdM, in 2012, in collaboration with a community of likeminded chefs, farmers, artists and activists, ACO is a response to the lack of healthy food opportunities that exist for low-income youth living in food deserts in Los Angeles. ACO administers an intensive, weekly wellness curriculum that uses mindfulness, cooking and gardening to reconnect students with their bodies. ACO currently provides the curriculum to 200 low-income students ages 6-18 on a weekly basis, reaching over 7,000 students on a yearly basis. The team is made up of an exceptional community of urban agriculturists, chefs and educators who instruct the weekly curriculum.





Simple, Accessible, Nourishing Cooking Classes

Gardening Curriculum covering raised beds and hydroponic towers

Urban Agriculture

Environmental Justice 

Mindfulness Curriculum

Wellness Curriculum

Parent Workshops

Teacher Workshops

Professional Development Classes 

Nutritional Workshops





ACO reaches 200 students on a weekly basis each year. Additionally, ACO provides monthly parent workshops, which average 25-30 parents who are eager to learn about healthy and simple recipes that can easily be replicated at home. ACO is a needs-based community based program, which targets students ages 5 to 18. ACO provides a framework in which students, families and their communities can thrive through a holistic lifestyle. Within this framework, the program focuses on four principle areas or core competencies that encumber overall wellness: