HOME GARDENING PROGRAM
Creating healthy food access
Valley Verde helps the families create raised-bed gardens and provide the supplies and infrastructure they need to grow fresh organic vegetables at home for a year or more.
The families are further supported through monthly workshops on organic urban agriculture, and they receive one-on-one mentorship from experienced gardeners to ensure a successful harvest.
In total Valley Verde runs six home garden programs in San Jose and four home garden programs in Gilroy. The programs engage multiple ethnic communities across Santa Clara County including Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Farsi, Tagalog speaking communities.
Since the formation of the Home Garden program in 2008, Valley Verde has created over 400 home gardens in SCC and continues to expand its reach with existing and emerging partnerships that which include affordable house communities, local charter schools, community centers, and senior housing organizations.
THE DEEP ROOTS
After a year of participation in the Home Gardening program, participants are eligible to become mentors through the Deep Roots program. Mentors are trained to provide one-to-one coaching for participants in the Home Gardening program. Deep Roots mentors meet once a month to share best practices and to continue to build their own skills. Each mentor works with 4-5 Home Gardening families supporting the learning experience and inspiring the families to become long term gardeners.