In the MVG community garden, some of the people we work with have a strong connection to the land – a relationship they learned and experienced by their childhoods in Mexico, Cambodia, Guatemala, and other parts of South America. Others who have never learned such skills have an ambition to learn in order to improve their health and that of their families. Some are cancer and diabetes survivors and realize the importance of creating local healthy food system that can support their community.
Through this garden, community members, with the support of AFSC staff, have established an intergenerational learning space that promotes community building, nutrition, gardening education, and community organizing. They are currently organizing to further develop the small plot of land and support gardeners throughout Mar Vista Gardens housing project.