From Canceled


Unconditional Freedom creates the conditions for the restoration of dignity to the marginalized through our Prison Monastery and Free Food Programs.  Once reclaimed, we believe people naturally find the desire to contribute their unique gifts to society.


Liberate Everything

Free Food Harlem creates restaurant like dining experiences for the unhoused and food insecure, and in partnership with chef Massimo Bottura’s Food for Soul, serves 6 days a week at Emanuel AME Church 37 W 119th Street, Harlem, NY.  Free Food also serves meals weekly at Building Bridges in Ukiah, CA.

Over 55,000 meals served.


Activating the unique expression of the discarded

The Prison Monastery Project

Turning prisons into monasteries

Restoring prisons to their original intent; penitence. 

Spaces for contemplation, transformation, and contribution.

students enrolled
facilities nationwide
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death row residents nationwide

Live Updates

Gary York, 30 year Correctional Officer veteran, and spokesperson for Guards to Guardian, wrote an article about the program in Corrections1. Read the article here
Art of Soulmaking is now in 150 facilities across the United States
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has accepted our application for the Art of Soulmaking program to be used at 10 facilities in California, with the potential of reaching 110,000 incarcerated individuals.
The Earth Program met with the founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive based in Michigan to provide the us with baby trees of the most evolved tree DNA in the world for the Earth Program’s prison program.
Free Food has now served over 12,000 meals this year, most of them sit downs in Ukiah, CA and Harlem, NY
Free food Harlem received 300+ lbs of donated produce from Fairway for our delicious farm to table meals
Free Food Oakland had its first pop up in July, serving enchiladas, Spanish rice and homemade cookies to those living on the streets of Oakland
Keisha and Casey Ernst, graduates from the Soil Food Web and of Catalyst BioAmendments, visited our property in Northern California and did testing of our living soil with a 40x video enhanced microscope. They’re helping the Earth Program develop our curriculum to include elements of the Soil Food Web school, the premier methodology of soil education in the world.
Matt Sherman, member of Black Box, recently posted about his experience in New York City. Check out his blog post here
Volunteers harvested snap peas and lettuce from our farm for this week’s Free Food Philo meal
Mendocino County Jail received a chicken coop donation from Carolina Coops, and Founder Matt DuBois flew in to help build it with the male and female garden crews
A state prison in Alabama has approved the inception of it’s first ever yoga program, held by members of the Art of Soulmaking community there. UFP is sending over 25 yoga mats and yoga blocks to be used on the death row unit yoga group.
Matt Sherman, a member of BlackBox, is on a Black Joy & Genius Tour along the East Coast. Read his latest blog here
Soulmakers have been sending us beautiful art work as they go through the program. This is an art piece from California Medical Facility
Earth program awarded a $50,000 grant to fund our prison botanical sanctuary program at Mendocino County Jail, a program that will both promote ecosystem restoration, community contribution, as well as education and employment for the incarcerated population at the jail. Watch our video here

Unconditional Freedom:

When incarceration becomes an opportunity for soul making, and organic farming’s aim becomes to feed the hungry, peace and restoration of ourselves and the planet can finally begin. Watch the documentary, Unconditional Freedom: At Home and in the World, and learn about initiatives that drive Unconditional Freedom. 


Soil into Climate Salvation

The Earth Program is our initiative to rewild the Earth. When we tend to the restoration of the earth, we are healing ourselves through healing the earth. We provide immersive training in ecological restoration practices both on The Land and to discarded populations.

Black Box

Black into Power

A movement towards the reclamation of the innate power of Blackness, towards a world where the power of Blackness is overt, and is offered freely and it is in service to all of humanity.

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From the Blog

November 7, 2023
Sometimes my life feels like a feral cat. I feel beat up, my feet and body feel sore, and yet there's still more to do. And sometimes if I have enough loving and patient attention, life can curl up beside me and things can change beyond my expectations.
November 7, 2023
Kate Feigin discusses Unconditional Freedom's Art of Addiction study of formerly incarcerated individuals
November 7, 2023
"We rescued all this food from Baldor, one of the major food distributors in New York City. They give us about two metric tons worth of produce for free. It fills our Free Food van front to back, floor to ceiling..."
November 7, 2023
For as long as I can remember, Mom was always growing something in her backyard. Her garden was her life. It was the beating of her heart. She grew up with dirt beneath her feet and between her fingers. The pulse and rhythm of nature were etched in those hands.
October 3, 2023
You smear a little olive oil in the bottom, assemble all your flavorful ingredients in a bowl, add them to the Tagine with a little broth and voila, after a nice slow cook, you lift off the lid to be assailed by the most magical aroma. No fuss, no muss, you don’t even have to brown the meat.
October 3, 2023
Looking at the legacy of logging old growth redwood trees in California through the lens of a part of The Land’s forest set to undergo a restoration project.
October 3, 2023
Our weekly Free Food Ukiah meal in Northern California, transforming the outdoor area of the Building Bridges homeless shelter into a sit-down restaurant for residents and local community.
October 3, 2023
During this past year-and-a-half of volunteering with Free Food Harlem, I had the opportunity to focus the impetus of my addictive and rebellious nature into cooking community meals, teaching kitchen skills training, facilitating AOS classes, and writing. Instead of seeking immediate relief through self-soothing addictive behaviors and destructive pursuits, I got more of me.
October 3, 2023
Jay Davis talks about the gifts and lessons he’s learned from the streets of Harlem, gang life, and prison, as well as the purpose and redemption available there.

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