What We Do
- By families in our neighborhood for their personal use.
- To supply our kitchen for meal programs including the Community Free Meal.
- By our After School Program so children learn how to grow and enjoy nutritious food.
Why a Community Garden?
In low-income neighborhoods, it is easier to get a French fry than a fresh tomato, cheaper to get a beer than broccoli, and coca cola is more accessible than kale.
These more available commodities have no nutritional value. They satisfy tastes that are built up by marketing and then reinforced by the addictive nature of fatty, alcoholic, and sugary substances. These things don’t give the body what it needs to grow, heal, and be well.
Nutritional standards call for 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, but it takes effort to bring fresh produce to our neighborhoods.
Food insecurity, the limited availability or uncertain ability to access nutritionally adequate foods, is associated with chronic health problems including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and mental health issues including major depression.
Our community garden got its start thanks to our mission partners:
- Bank of America
- University of Redlands.
Ron Finley: “If kids grow kale, kids eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes.” Listen to TED talk by Ron Finley: A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA