Proyecto Jardin is pleased to announce we are the recipients of a USC Good Neighbor grant (2013-2014)

posted Sep 12, 2013, 1:41 PM by BHC Boyle Heights
Proyecto Jardin is pleased to announce we are the recipients of a USC Good Neighbor grant (2013-2014). Funds will support development of a youth leadership pipeline and strengthen community capacity to mobilize collective action for food justice through targeted efforts to build a sustainable local food system.  

The funded project, Community Youth Health Education & Action Leaders (Youth HEAL), will roll out this month, in conjunction with The Food Growers Collective, Proyecto Jardin's legacy garden program for adults and seniors.

Together, the Food Growers Collective and Youth HEAL, enable Proyecto Jardin to provide youth 16-24years of age rewarding on-the-job learning and education in urban agriculture and community garden management. Our interns value the opportunity to work for an organization that empowers young people to pursue careers as leaders in local green sector industries linked to building a sustainable community food system.

A growing list of partners and enthusiastic supporters are on board to support our unique place-based framework, which feeds a passion for social justice through critical analysis of the connection between health disparities and community food environments. The emerging cross-sector partnership promotes youth development where economics intersect with health, food justice, and environmental equity. 

Collaborators include:
1) The City of Los Angeles Boyle Heights Technology Center, Youth Opportunity Movement
2) USC Norris Cancer Center, Patient Education and Outreach Center
3) LA Tree Care
4) The Community Wellness Center at the Historic LA County Hospital
5) La Loma Development
6) Certified Master Gardeners, Los Angeles

Proyecto Jardin is now accepting applications for the FALL 2013 FOOD GROWERS' COLLECTIVE. A bilingual flyer and application is attached.

Food Growers Collective membership is FREE, but requires four core commitments:

1)  Volunteer a minimum of 5 hours per week to manage crops and uphold organic gardening standards
2) Attend 12 weekly Garden HEAL classes every Saturday, 9am - 12noon, free of charge
3) Attend one monthly meeting of the Food Growers Collective
4) Assist with special events planning and fundraising

Garden HEAL classes begin Sept 21 and run through December 14. Classes are also open to the general public at a fee of $25 per class, or at the discounted rate of $250 per class if payment is made in full by Sept 21. 

A bilingual Garden HEAL class flyer is attached. The same application can be used for both the Food Growers Collective and Garden HEAL class.
BHC Boyle Heights,
Sep 12, 2013, 1:41 PM