Our vision is a more productive and sustainable community where people can enjoy a healthier lifestyle through daily access to fresh, affordable organic vegetables.
To achieve this, our mission is to promote the widespread cultivation of organic home vegetable gardens, in order to encourage healthier eating and address food insecurity—that is, the state of being without reliable access to food that is healthy and affordable—in Santa Clara Valley.
Grand Opening of Valley Verde's new 11,000 sq foot site, Valley Verde will grow vegetable seedlings in their newly installed greenhouse, offer workshops on organic gardening, a demonstration garden and space to build raised beds for our home garden program
89 participants (new gardeners) were recruited in the Home Gardening Project (in 2 new San Jose and Gilroy cohorts), involving a total of 304 family members and 94 children. 25 Participants were recruited in San Jose and 64 in Gilroy. These were the largest cohorts of participants since the programs started in 2011.
Since 2012, Valley Verde has worked with families in San Jose and Gilroy, CA, providing them with intensive, year-round support to grow fresh, healthy produce at home. Our flagship Home Gardening program provided over 280 families-in-need with raised-bed gardens and all the supplies they needed to grow organic vegetables at home, along with a full year of workshops about urban agriculture and healthy eating. Now, we are building on the success of the Home Gardening program with our new Super Jardineros apprenticeship, an opportunity for some of our most dedicated gardeners to gain professional-level horticultural skills and generate earned-income for themselves while contributing to the sustainability of this organization.