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SUDA is the pathway program based in the program of study while SUDAWorks is the after school green jobs program for SUDA at Castlemont High School. Students work in after projects developing skills while building healthier school and community.

Green Jobs


In partnership with Oakland LEAF the Castlemont Community Garden is an outdoor classroom and food production space that connects youth and community to cultivating the soil and the community. The Castlemont School Community Garden is a core part of SUDA and entry point for many students to learn about gardening, sustainable design, local food and connect with the food system, the outdoors and nature in general.


In partnership with Growing Together the Castlemont Orchard and Permaculture space connects youth and community to the land, indigenous and medicinal plants and food preparation. As part of the school day and SUDAWorks programs SUDA students have planted trees on the school campus and surrounding community. SUDA planted trees on MacArthur Blvd from 88th-90th Ave, surrounding Elmhurst Community Prep, Alliance Middle School, the orchard at ECP and Stonehurst schools.

Fab Lab

The Fablab or “fabrication laboratory” is a maker space that works towards the Vision and Mission of SUDA interconnecting and supporting the various SUDA projects.

– Uses design and engineering to build healthy and sustainable communities.

– Provides a space and tools for youth and community to design and build community based projects.

Develops community based social enterprise and entrepreneurship skills that build the social, economic and environmental health of the community.

Builds tangible skills, projects and community through innovative makerspace.

The Fablab partners closely with Laney Community College, Idea Builder Labs, and other community based maker organizations.



The Castlemont Organic Produce Farm is an acre produce farm, community space and outdoor classroom that: Provides access to Oakland Grown Organic Produce to better East Oakland community health.

Promotes Green Job initiatives via job training & skill development

-Empowers education for youth in food justice & nutrition to understand the current food system and its impact on our lives and the world we inhabit.

-Applies self-determination through growing food, organic land stewardship, and business planning to create healthy and sustainable communities.

-The Castle Farm partners closely with Phat Beets and other community based food justice organizations.

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Re-Building The Farm

SUDA students cleaning out and trying to rebuild the farm in order to be able to plant new vegetables and fruits.

Laser Cut Earnings!

This is just one of the first pair made and after the first day a teacher asked if she can have a hold of some for herself. Designed by Cynthia Herrera, a junior at Castlemont High, wanted to create a pair of vintage looking earrings that looked authentic and classical. This won’t be the last […]

My SUDA Experience

I have been a SUDA student since my freshman year at Castlemont high school. In that time I have witnessed great things occur such as field trips, waste audits and changes in my community. My first field trip with SUDA was in 9th grade, I remember feeling a little nervous because this was my first […]

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