Our board of directors includes artists, educators, farmers, curators, and experts in the fields of child development, addiction, homelessness, and criminal justice. We believe community interaction can set lives in new directions. We’re excited about the work we’ve begun and look forward to future projects.
- Collaborative community gardening
- Photography and other visual arts
- Animals and the natural world
- Opportunities for leadership and self-sufficiency
The mission of Humane Smarts is to open hearts and enrich minds by providing opportunities for creativity and self-sufficiency in San Diego. Our primary focus is underserved young people aged five to 15; our goal is to promote life skills and self-esteem by offering programs in photography and other arts, gardening, and academic enrichment.
Meet the Team
Lankford's award-winning books on homelessness, incarceration, and juvenile justice are testament to many years of commitment to complex social issues. Her venture in the realm of documentary film continues this work.
Susan Lankford grew up in the Midwest and holds a BS degree from the University of Nebraska. She attended Ansel Adams' prestigious workshops, studied under such photographic masters as Richard Misrach and Ruth Bernhard, and spent many years as a successful wildlife photographer and portraitist. The parents of three adult daughters, Susan and Rob Lankford live in San Diego.
Come on down to the farm and say hi!
Btw, she'll eat just about anything!
Our two inaugural projects have launched in San Diego’s East Village
SMARTS farm. Hands-on gardening provides tremendous opportunities for growth, motivation, and respect for the natural world. Our collaborative garden site is thriving.Learn MoreLearn More
Humane Smarts is just getting started
Humane Smarts Scholorships
Humane Smarts Scholarships will provide financial aid for college—and a solid foundation for the future—to young people with the will to succeed.
We’ll need help in this work—please consider donating to Humane Smarts, or contact us to volunteer.