The mission of Humane Smarts is to open hearts and enrich minds by offering opportunities for creativity and self-sufficiency. Our workshops take place at SMARTS Farm. We recently moved to 1326 Broadway. We hope you come stop by to say hi, see our new digs.

Come enjoy our outdoor classroom in the City. SMARTS Farm is a perfect place to hold an event, a class field-trip, and customize youth classes. Please contact for more details.


MOOPA_card_Brandon_designOur photography program, operated in cooperation with MoOPA, helps participants perceive the world in new ways, and share their perspective with others.


  • PhotoSmarts Basics: Targeted at budding photographers aged 6 to 16, the workshop runs six hours total—two hours each class day. The students learn basic lighting, composition, and camera operation, then aim their lenses at the wealth of photographic subjects at the farm. Participants choose their a favorite images for printing in Adobe Lightroom. The final day, students use wheat paste to affix their masterpieces to the SMARTS Farm wall. Cameras, instruction, supplies, prints, and snacks are provided by Humane Smarts.
  • PhotoSmarts Onward: Through intermediate and advanced classes, youth and adults will learn more about the art, science, and social impact of photography.
  • Thematic Exhibits: As the PhotoSmarts program grows, MoOPA will organize quarterly competitions in which San Diego youth aged 12 to 18 will share their photographic perspectives on a given theme. Selected images will be printed and wheat-pasted in outdoor Wall Art exhibits.


Gardening & Arts


A lush garden is a great place to make art, and to learn what makes things grow. In our Gardening and Arts program, we offer a range of events to gardeners and artists of all ages.


  • Craft Day at the Farm: In this two-hour program, young people paint rocks, paint faces, and put seeds and plants in the rich soil of the Smarts Farm garden plots.
  • Garden Exploration Day: During these events, local horticultural professionals and master gardeners share their expertise with the adult Smarts Farm community.
  • Bugs, Soil, and Seeds: This introductory class will teach new gardeners about good and bad bugs, good and bad soil, planting from seeds and six-packs, and the importance of locally grown produce.
  • Delicious and Nutritious: Classes offered by local chefs, using fresh produce, will teach young people basic skills for preparing delicious dishes.
  • Puppet Theater: Young people will help design and build our Humane Smarts Puppet Theater. During special Craft Day workshops, they will create their own puppets, and later write and perform in puppet theatrical events.
  • Entrepreneurial Arts: Local artisans, including pottery and jewelry makers, will help young people design and create works of art, then explore markets for selling their creations.
  • Wreath Making: Come the winter solstice, Smarts Farm will provide succulents, evergreens, and instruction for the creation of beautiful holiday wreaths.


Body, Mind, and Heart


As our programs expand, Humane Smarts will offer indoor classes in yoga, judo, fashion, and much more.


Volunteer with Humane Smarts!


Volunteers play a key role in Humane Smarts’ success, and we encourage community involvement in our programs. If you have an expertise you’d like to share with young people (are you a textile artist? a master gardener? a great cook?) or even just a few hours to help around SMARTS Farm, please get in touch.


We request that all volunteers sign a waiver of liability and authorize Humane Smarts to obtain a background check.