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Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy is a “homegrown” donor collective begun by more than 30 avid gardeners as a fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation in June 2012, following the publication of the Pasadena/Altadena 2012 Quality of Life Index. The study called for community gardens to help bring fruits and vegetables quickly into isolated Northwest ‘food desert’ neighborhoods to alleviate a 30% obesity rate.
PCGC, in partnership with the City of Pasadena’s Department of Human Services and Recreation, opened our city’s first public community garden at the Villa-Parke Community Center in April 2014. PCGC’s funding pledge – $100,000 over five years, or $20,000 annually – supports a University of California-certified Master Gardener to teach gardening to 30 families who will have individual plots in the roof garden, and 80 pupils who will learn to garden in the first-floor Head Start garden. In addition, our funds will support a certified Nutritionist to teach cooking, diet, and nutrition classes to the community garden and to the Head Start families.
PCGC and the HSR Dept. are already in discussions about a possible second collaboration, to support a community garden at the Jackie Robinson Center, which is undergoing renovation.
For more information, contact Eileen White Read, President and CEO, PCGC, at 202.641.0779, or email her at [email protected], or feel free to use the contact form below.
MISSION of the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy
To improve family health in urban food desert neighborhoods through grants for community gardens and nutrition education
VISION – A trowel in each hand means better living for all Pasadenans
A sustainable network of community gardens throughout Northwest Pasadena – gardens to serve as sources of healthful fruits and vegetables, as well as centers for learning how to strengthen our bodies, create cleaner air and water, and build a greener city for us all