La Cosecha Colectiva
Project Budget: $20,000
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
EYCEJ proposes to develop and implement a regional decentralized community garden through our LCC Program. Currently the program has about twenty households, and has been growing in the cities of Commerce, and Long Beach. LCC promotes public health through the consumption of homegrown organic produce giving residents access to nutritious produce that may not be otherwise available to them. LCC participants will meet on a bi-weekly basis to participate in a program check-in.
Once produce from gardens has begun to grow, food exchanges will occur along with the check-ins. They will receive support from EYCEJ in order to increase successful gardening. Through quarterly workshops and demonstrations, residents will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of a successful eco friendly garden. This education will include a focus on the importance of non-GMO seeds, water conservation and understanding of how goods movement is affecting our food and health.
Participants will find out where their food is currently grown and how it gets to stores. Examples of previous workshops include: Medicinal Herbs, Gardening 101, Composting, and Water Drip System Installation. Members will be introduced to seasonally appropriate edible vegetation, and EYCEJ will use the surrounding environment to highlight indigenous plants and their relationship to water conservation and environmental stewardship.
We will host four seasonal workshops called Seasoning the Seasons, which focus on learning how to utilize fruit trees and vegetation found in our local neighborhoods and LCC home gardens to create delicious and healthy meals for our families. We will discuss the nutritional benefits of the vegetation found in our neighborhoods, connecting the nutrients to specific seasons. EYCEJ is already building leaders through our Youth In Action program and Adult leadership program.
By incorporating LCC, areas that have been identified with “food apartheid”, our communities will have access to quality home grown food and build networks to allow them to grow the social networks needed by working poor, immigrant and POC communities.