Joseph Linnert is a community garden organizer and public art director for the Grain Project in Santa Ana California. As a teacher of incarcerated youth at probation camps in Los Angeles and a Youth leader in Santa Ana’s Boys and men of color project, as well as a Garden instructor in a Santa Ana Restorative Justice Program his work is focused on deep ecology and the connection between the individual and the environment. Program information regarding Mr. Linnert’s work can be found at www.grainproject.org and at http://santaanabmoc.wix.com/santaanabmoc#!media/cfvg; you can also read about his work in the grain project at Orange County Register.
Speaking engagements and clients include Mr. Linnert’s work with Santa Ana collaborative for Responsible Development (SACReD), El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Kid works, Latino Health Access, Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities, The Southern California Endowment, Real Foods Dinner at UCI, Land use workshops, National Refugee and Immigrant Conference, Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education at UC Davis School Garden Program Life Lab Santa Cruz, and Valley High School.
Mr. Linnert has an impressive number of years of experience in both Art and Garden installation, design, vegetable and herb growing and plant care, composting and sustainability measures. Joseph is driven by three aspects which include finding spirituality through ones connection with the earth, public art as a form of therapy, and teaching resilience though urban agriculture. Mr. Linnert is the recipient of the Santa Ana Civil Leadership initiative, outstanding member of SACReD for work passing the Sunshine Ordinance, and a Leadership Award from the Boys and Men of Color initiative.