Collaborating with Compton Community Garden!
On Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 Avance Latino met with some of the team from the Compton Community Garden. Avance Latino is collaborating with Compton Community Garden to bring the same model to East Los Angeles. East Los Angeles, as in many low-income neighborhoods, organic community gardens are rare. Also, lack of transportation makes getting fresh fruits and vegetables a challenge. Because of the lack of accessibility to healthy and affordable food, East LA has been classified by many as a "Food Desert." Avance Latino knows the need of the community and has come up with the solution of creating a community garden. Community gardens allow families and individuals without land of their own the opportunity to produce food and provide a place for gardeners to share knowledge and skills. Community garden programs provide employment, education, and entrepreneurship opportunities for a wide variety of people, including students, recent immigrants, and homeless people (Community Food Security Coalition, 2003). Community gardens provide a place to retreat from the noise and commotion of urban environments and have been shown to attract small businesses looking to relocate (Sherer, 2006). Community gardens provide access to fresh, traditional produce and nutritionally rich foods in low-income neighborhoods, where nutritious food is much less available than in other areas. With your support, we can change lives and make an impact in our Community.