Guamuchil Community Garden
Raiz De Fondo is a non-profit organization based in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico and whose main goal is to stimulate a network of organic community and school gardens that offer educational opportunities to enhance local quality of life through gardening, food production and preparation and access to sustainable living practices. It is a well-established fact that Baja California Sur is suffering from an epidemic of disease caused by lack of activity and poor nutrition; it has the highest rate of obesity and diabetes in the country. Health related problems due to obesity and an inadequate diet are compounded by a lack of physical activity, especially for vulnerable groups (youth, elderly and women), and are drastically impacting the quality of life in the region.
The primary objective of this program is the use of organic gardening as a base for education and community empowerment. The project has established and supports a network of demonstration gardens open to the public and managed by a cooperative model under the umbrella of the central organization, Raíz de Fondo. In all we manage three gardens in La Paz, B.C.S.: Jardín Comunitario Encinas, a community garden run by volunteers who have adopted garden spaces; Jardín Guamúchil, a garden dedicated to education and a DYI sustainable technology showcase; Sabores de la Tierra, a production garden run in a cooperative style. The organization is providing a model and logistical aid for the initiation of additional autonomous community gardens in Baja California Sur. Activities on all garden sites are accompanied by a wide variety of workshops that emphasize the understanding of food preparation and nutrition, community organization, sustainability, water conservation, and environmental stewardship.
The grant we are applying for will permit us to install a demonstration chicken coop at our Guamuchil Community Garden.
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