The month of January has proven to be very productive for HdV especially in designing and further developing the programs we would like to have in our Hands-on Education Center. Over the last couple weeks HdV gardener members and Ontario High School student volunteers have been meeting up on Saturday mornings to help measure out the area, design/draw out different images of what we would like the area to look like, and adding different features that we think would benefit participants. Soon ideas from all the designs will be incorporated into one final image that will be presented to garden members at February’s monthly community meeting. The Hands-on Education area is an exciting project that HdV members are thrilled to start working on! The area will provide garden children with academic tutoring, art and self-expression projects, gardening and healthy eating tips, and so much more!! We hope to start the program in late spring/ early summer by launching a reading initiative that will focus on increasing child literacy, access to reading materials, elevating communication skills, and developing positive self-esteem. Stay tuned because awesome things are happening at the garden this year!!
Earlier this month HdV had its first monthly community meeting for 2014. Like many months prior the meeting had a large turnout of HdV members and local residents interested in the project. With the garden growing more and more each day and community interest increasing as well we thought it would be a good idea to spend January’s community meeting giving a detailed biography of HdV’s past, present, and (where we hope to take it in the) future. Through a colorful and informative power point presentation administered by our very own, Maria Alonzo meeting participants were able to see how the HdV idea came to be, the struggles we’ve overcome throughout our journey and the progress we continue to make each and every day. As usual, relationship strengthening activities were played and the garden fresh food was delicious. To finish up the evening we had our very first garden movie night showing "El Oro o La Vida"- a documentary that exposes the devastating realities of what happens to communities when the government sells public land to mining companies. The garden families enjoyed the film so much we’re thinking that hosting a regular family movie night might be in our future.
Happy 2014 Huerta del Valle family!
We hope everybody’s year has gotten off to a great start. While most of the East coast and the Midwest are suffering terribly cold weather this season there has been plenty of sunshine here in California to keep our winter crops such as carrots, radishes, and all kinds of lettuce growing nice and strong. HdV has many exciting projects happening this year that will help further the project’s development and strengthen our ties in the community- including the construction of our Hands-on Education Area! We hope you are all as excited as we are to continue this amazing journey and accomplish many more wonderful things in the city of Ontario.