Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Garden of Healthy Knowledge at Boyle Heights’ Farm

This weekend I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the great folks at Proyecto Jardin in Boyle Heights to celebrate the launch of their new Community Supported Agriculture program. The CSA program helps develop a relationship between local farmers and those who eat the food they produce. This CSA program helps ensure that local residents get a weekly box of fresh produce. I spent part of the day taking a tour of the community garden and eating the delicious nopales that had been grown at the garden by community members. Proyecto Jardin also provided workshops on nutrition, cooking and physical fitness. I even had the opportunity to plant a lavender tree to keep the garden growing. We need to see more efforts like this in our communities. In fact, I’m working on bringing a farmers’ market to Boyle Heights some time in the near future. I want to thank Irene Pena and all the good people at Proyecto Jardin for bringing this great program to our residents and empowering our community to eat well and live healthier lives.