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.
Humane Smarts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to open hearts and enrich minds by offering opportunities for creativity and self-sufficiency at SMARTS Farm. Over the past seven years, Humane Smarts has offered classes, programs and camps to over 10,000 youth.
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.
Through Humane Smarts, young people are exposed to:
- Collaborative community gardening
- Photography and other visual arts
- Animals and the natural world
- Opportunities for leadership and self-sufficiency
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 launched in San Diego’s East Village in May 2013. SMARTS Farm moved out of the city in 2019 to North County.
SMARTS Farm (2013-2019)
Hands-on gardening provides tremendous opportunities for growth, motivation, and respect for the natural world.
MoOPA’s ArtWall (2013 – 2020)
The Museum of Outdoor Photographic Art unveiled its first exhibit on May 15, 2013, a 386-foot wall of images evoking the interconnection of communities.