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Community Garden

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The Community Garden started as the Valley Garden Project in early 2014, with the help of our farmer Chris Bueno and other local farmers the Valley Garden Project has blossomed into a very successful Community Garden. The purpose of the Community Garden is to educate the community on caring for their own food in order for them to have a successful at home garden. Due to its great success the Community Garden also sells its surplus fruits and vegetables at the local Pharrmers Market. By educating those with food insecurity in our community on how to care, grow, and harvest their own food we hope to minimize food insecurity within our community.

Gardening Classes and Spaces are AVAILABLE !

 

You can take part in our Community Garden, we give you land and help you grow your own vegetables and fruits!! What do you do with your fruits and vegetables when they are ready? You take them home!! or you can also sell any surplus at the Pharrmers Market and keep your proceeds.

What We Have Now!

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Pharrmers Garden

The Pharrmers Garden houses raised garden beds that is cared for by community members/volunteers/families while learning the entire gardening process from scratch. The general purpose of the Pharrmers Garden is for individuals learn how to care for their own vegetables and fruits while they may have the opportunity to sell any surplus at the Pharrmers Market, gaining entrepreneurship skills as well.

Phase Two Garden

A new garden has been built right beside the current Pharrmers Garden, and its crops are beginning to sprout. Current and Spring Crops include:

  • Cucumber
  • Sorrel
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Bok Choi
  • Spinach
  • Okra
  • Eggplants
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Bunching Onions
  • Melon
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Beets
  • Cauliflower (4 types)
  • Kale (4 types)
  • Lettuce (4 types)
  • Cabbage (4 types)
  • Zinnias and Sunflower to brighten up your day!

Farmers Market- Grand Re-Opening November 3rd, 2016

The Pharrmers Market will be held every Thursday (November to June), and consists of several vendors who come and sell their handmade items and homemade goods. The market promotes healthy eating, and supports the community by giving local vendors the opportunity to sell their products. This year we will implement Health Fairs every second Thursday of the month! Excluding Holidays.

Cooking Demos

Don’t know how to cook what we grow? The Community Garden has added cooking demos that will take place out at the Community Garden.  The Healthy Living Department will incorporate the vegetables being harvested into their delicious recipes for all individuals to try at our Pharrmers Markets on a monthly basis. If you would like to learn more about cooking with healthy choices enroll in one of their classes.

PSJA School District Field Trip List Approved

Educating the community begins with our children, the Community Garden is now an approved site for Field Trips, we have various lesson plans organized for each grade level. From educating on soil, plants, compost, recycling, and agriculture our field trips are tailored for fun, outdoor, learning.

Through the Community Garden we strive to:

1. Produce naturally grown fruits and vegetables
2. Use high standard principles to advocate why naturally grown produce is so important.
3. Provide nutrition education to provide increased consumption of fruits and vegetables.
4. Increase self-sufficiency through instruction of basic gardening techniques.
5. Educate children and adults on ways to improve and care for the environment.
6. Increase physical activity to further promote healthy living.

You can help:

The Community Garden has great potential we have the land and we need a lot of support in order to see its full potential. You can help by doing one of the following:
• Volunteering
• Providing financial donations
• Tool Drives (wheel barrel, rakes, other garden essentials)
• Donating mango or avocado trees
• Supporting the Pharrmers Market on Thursdays from 10:00 AM-1:00PM
• Donating non-GMO seeds

Our Upcoming Projects

Path-Walks

The Community Garden will house several pathways through the area that will allow staff, families and other visitors to take in the scenery of their surroundings comfortably without stepping on dirt, mud, or uneven walkways.
We are currently working  on a request for donation, which includes stepping stones to be donated to represent grade level 1st- 5th from all Elementary Schools within the PSJA School District. We would like to have them decorated by the schools Art club or other organizations.

Since the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley is located within the PSJA School District we would be grateful to incorporate the decorated stepping stones within the confines of the garden.

Butterfly Garden

Eventually, a Butterfly Garden will be added to the scenery of the Community Garden.  Not only is a butterfly garden aesthetically pleasing, but it will also teach children and adults the importance of different ecosystems.

 


Christopher Bueno, Garden Manager, (956) 904-4525 chbueno@foodbankrgv.com

Vanessa Luna, Health Partnership Organizer,(956) 904-4541 vluna@foodbankrgv.com