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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.

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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