Huerto de la Familia
The mission of Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden) is to offer Latino immigrant families a place to connect with their roots and the earth by growing their own food. Our vision is to cultivate community integration and economic self-sufficiency by offering training in organic gardening, farming and the development of micro-businesses. The overarching goal of the organization is to support families in becoming more self-sufficient and food secure; to increase their access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food; and to enable families to save money and increase their earnings.
According to Mark Edwards, a researcher at Oregon State University, food insecurity among Latino immigrants in Oregon is approximately 28 percent, more than twice the rate for non-Latinos
Huerto currently serves 64 Latino immigrant families in Eugene and Springfield and will expand its services by working with Willamalane Parks and Recreation in the City of Springfield to start and manage a new garden, Gamebird Community Garden.
The long term goal of this new garden is to support families in Springfield in becoming more self-sufficient and food secure; to increase their access to fresh fruits and vegetables; and to enable families to save money on their grocery bills.
There are 59,869 residents of Springfield. Within this population, the median income from 2007-2011 was $19,701, with 19.9 percent of the population living below the federal poverty level. (US Census). As mentioned previously, poverty and food insecurity are especially high within the Latino community. In Springfield Latinos make up 12 percent of the population, according to the last census.
The school district where the garden is located serves a high percentage of students that qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. Priority for this garden will be given to low-income families, including families who are not Latino immigrants.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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