The Conservancy received a Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Terry Tornek at Donor Recognition Day at the Villa-Parke Community Garden, on November 21, 2015. The certificate thanked our 350 donors for your “generous support of the educational programming at Villa-Parke Community Garden [which] has made a positive impact on the community.”
Dozens of PCGC donors turned out to meet Pasadena’s new Director of Public Health, Michael Johnson, and other members of his team who will be working with the community gardeners at the two gardens that make up the garden supported by PCGC’s grant funds: the “Villa Verde Rooftop Garden” and the “Head Start School Garden.”
Donors were delighted to meet some of the hard-working community gardeners and see their thriving plots full of vegetables, herbs, and fruits. We also enjoyed meeting the representatives of First Five LA’s Little Green Fingers Garden Grant Program, who work with the community gardeners on creating a structured community.
PCGC served as underwriter of the event, with some of our funds paying for a first-floor, outdoor “Welcome to the Villa-Parke Community Garden” banner to help direct visitors to the garden, and we gave out colorful “Villa-Parke Community Garden” t-shirts to all the event attendees. PCGC put some of the funds donated last year by the Whole Foods Foundation toward a healthy brunch for the event, catered by – where else – Whole Foods. The yummy menu, for which we appreciated the advice from the City’s Health Department: bagels with lowfat cream cheese, vegetable sushi, fruit platters and raw vegetables with lowfat yogurt dips.
We hope to arrange for additional, informal weekend visits to the garden for donors after the holidays.