What does it mean to garden in community?

Photo courtesy Centro Latino Americano

For the Latinx and immigrant community in Lane county, gardening in community means connecting in the 7 community gardens and growing organic produce together. At an upcoming webinar by the Lane County Master Gardener Association, learn how Centro Latino Americano (formerly Huerto de la Familia) provides services and support for this great initiative, and how gardeners are teaching new gardeners in the garden. Leaders from the organization will share insight into community building through gardening, lessons learned, and examples of community engagement.

Come learn how the Lane County Master Gardener Association has fostered this important community relationship and helped to take a behind-the-scenes role in supporting Centro Latino Americano’s work.

Tuesday, September 20th, 6:30-7:30 pm. Online webinar.

Master Gardener volunteers and program coordinators across the state are invited and encouraged to attend. Read more about the event, and register for the webinar.

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3 Replies to “What does it mean to garden in community?”

  1. I was truly inspired by the presentation of Huerto de la Familia.
    Presenters were asked what MGVs can do to support this long-standing multi-site community garden serving Spanish-speaking families.

    Presenters shared that Huerto de la Familia really appreciates donations of culturally appropriate plants, tools, and financial donations (for plants, tools, and garden infrastructure) some of which Lane MGVs share with them. They occasionally tap Extension staff to teach specialty topics through a translator – when no Spanish-speaking instructor from their core network is available.

    I was struck that most participants in Huerto de la Familia are exceptionally knowledgeable gardeners – but can use support in learning how to grow favorite crops from Mexico and Central America in local conditions.

    Presenters shared that they use Siembra la Cena (the Spanish-language edition of Seed to Supper) as a starting point for a heavily modified garden-based curriculum that they teach to all new gardeners at their sites. They said they would be happy to share their experiences with Siembra la Cena with Seed to Supper workgroups.

    This was an important reminder to me that inviting focal audiences to share what they need/want should guide our work.

    All adult learners, and especially those historically underserved, are the ultimate experts in their own lives.

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