SHARED GARDEN PROGRAM
growing a healthy, community-based food system for all
Valley Verde works with families throughout the Santa Clara Valley, partnering with communities of color, to grow culturally-preferred, organic vegetables. Since 2012 we have cultivated spaces for 600+ home gardens. This includes helping to create gardens in affordable housing communities, local schools, community centers, and senior housing residences. In order to form a just and participatory food system rooted in food sovereignty practices, Valley Verde is dedicated to increasing self-sufficiency, neighborhood health and community resilience through our Share Garden program as we work to build generational knowledge and skills around growing food.
Our Shared Garden program provides the training and resources needed for a healthy harvest. Program participants receive raised-beds, soil, seedlings as well as monthly workshops and home visits from the Shared Garden team to support their garden.
10+ Program locations
Classes are delivered at San Jose and Gilroy community centers, community buildings and schools.
100+ new families are enrolled every year, and that number continues to grow.
Since the formation of the Home Garden program in 2008, Valley Verde has created over 500 home gardens
We work with Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Farsi, Tagalog speaking communities.
After completing year one of the Shared Garden program, Valley Verde invites participants to continue to grow both technical skills and knowledge as well as deepen their community roots. The Growing Deep Roots cohort will continue to receive vegetable seedlings and other garden resources, while Valley Verde supplements Deep Roots workshops with guest speakers and community events designed to grow program participants’ garden network. Our master gardener on staff, Rita, works directly with the Deep Roots cohort to strengthen their skills as well their ties to the urban agriculture movement. Deep Roots participants meet five times a year for workshops, plus participate in 2-3 community events or volunteer opportunities. To learn more, please email Rita at firstname.lastname@example.org.