Community Gardens, A Way to Connect Different Communities
Food is universal. It connects us all regardless of who we are and where we come from. It is also a necessity for survival. Currently, we can see and experience the effect of producing food in a conventional way with climate change, farmworkers and consumers developing long term illness for the pesticide exposure amongst other things…
In recent years, more and more people are getting involved in community gardens. Moreover, some institutions are even incorporating as part of their curriculum. Community gardens have become a learning space to grow food.
Although it has been a slow process, we are moving along with the built of a community garden at a local Catholic School in Hammonton NJ where students will have the opportunity to learn how food is grown but also Spanish speaking parishioners will be able to have access during the summer with the hope that this can serve as a way to begin relationships and conversations that unites different communities within the same town.
So far, the panels made out of cement are finished and will be used as a flower bed. Through the remaining of the year, we will continue to implement the garden to be ready to have the first season in 2020.
About the Grantee
CATA is a Latino nonprofit organization in the Mid-Atlantic region whose mission it is to empower and educate farmworkers and low-wage immigrant workers through leadership development and capacity building so they can make informed decisions regarding the best course of action for their interests. For 39 years, CATA has been working on issues such as Immigration, Workers Rights and Food Justice.
Cohort: South 2
Funder: New Jersey Health Initiatives