Over these last couple month HdV members have been making their way around the nation spreading the word about our awesome organization as well as making meaningful network connections that are sure to help HdV develop further as we continue to grow. In July garden Manager, Maria had the opportunity to visit Growing Power, a nonprofit organization in Milwaukee, WI that inspires communities to build sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecologically sound. Maria had a chance to check out their MASSIVE compost heaps as well as learn about aquaponic systems that would be great to consider for HdV.
In October Maria hit the road again heading to Taos, NM with Ru for the Growing Food and Justice Initiative. This was an AWESOME 4 day conference that hosted many food justice organizations from around the country. HdV was able to make lots networking connections with organizations who know exactly what we’re going through since they were there at some point in their development too!
In early November Marcy headed over to New Orleans, LA to check out Our School at Blair Grocery, a Growing Power regional training center focused on youth empowerment and sustainable community development. Marcy had a chance to interact with the youth volunteers and discuss the benefits (and challenges) of having animals on the farm- something that we have been considering for HdV. And just a couple weeks ago Maria, Arthur, Marcy and a group of HdV gardeners facilitated a special presentation at Pitzer College- for the Pomona Equal Opportunity Center’s weekly Encuentros meeting. This was a great opportunity for HdV to share some of our own experiences with the day laborers from the PEOC that are just starting up their own garden to promote sustainability.
HdV members have definitely learned a lot these last couple months and have no doubt been inspired tremendously by projects around the country. For now we’re going to stay local and tend our winter squash but we hope next year brings us many more opportunities to learn and share.