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  • On Friday, January 23, 2015, Tesla Pasadena hosted a cocktail party to kick-off the 2015 fundraising season for the Villa-Parke Community Garden, for which PCGC is the official support group.
  • The Conservancy's Nutrition Education is Popular at Villa-Parke Community Garden
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    Learn how we promote healthier families in NW Pasadena by financing food gardens, providing technical support & volunteers.
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    Explore our first community garden project at Villa Parke Community Center - a city, county, and PCGC partnership.
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Improving Family Health in NW Pasadena’s
Food Deserts


The 30-plus community leaders who created the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy in 2012 were influenced by Dr. Eric Walsh, our city’s Director of Public Health, in focusing our philanthropy on our city’s “food desert” areas (as shown in the map above).  These areas have a scarcity of grocery stores and an abundance of fast-food and convenience stores, and they tend to be densely populated with lower-income, minority residents.
Click here to read more about these “food deserts” in the City of Pasadena’s 2012 Quality Of Life Index On Health.


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Tesla Pasadena hosted a cocktail party on Jan. 23 to thank major donors to the upcoming Seeds of Transformation Garden Party to benefit community gardens for needy families in Northwest Pasadena supported by Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy. Donald and Taylor Hall underwrote the party, which featured international wines and a preview of “conscientious, sustainable cuisine” from trendy Westside caterer HeirloomLA, Continue Reading

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The Villa-Parke Community Garden is producing a bountiful crop of winter veggies. What a blessed year 2014 has been!

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Dietitian/Nutritionist Liza Owen’s weekly Nutrition Education classes, funded by PCGC, have become one of the most popular attractions at the Villa-Parke Community Center in a very short time. Ms. Owen – who holds a Masters Degree in Nutrition, is a trained chef, and simultaneously translates her lectures into Spanish – is a highly dynamic and energetic teacher who makes her classes engaging and fun for all ages.

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PCGC is delighted that Elizabeth Owen, R.D., a Registered Dietitian and Chef fluent in Spanish, has joined the Villa-Parke Community Garden team part-time to teach nutrition classes each week. The classes, underwritten by a grant from PCGC, will focus on preparing, eating, buying, and cooking with vegetables and fruits as part of a healthy lifestyle. Ms. Owen is formerly the Continue Reading

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Some of the gardeners from the Villa-Parke Community Garden, which PCGC is supporting, marched proudly in the City of Pasadena’s Latino Heritage Day Parade, on Saturday, Oct. 25, along with members of the Villa-Parke Community Center’s Aztec dance troupe and soccer players. The gardeners got into the fun spirit of the parade, dressing as fruits and vegetables. Cameron Schuster, from Continue Reading

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