Getting our hands dirty for La Causa!
On Saturday, Dec 8th at Apopka’s Billie Dean Community Garden, a group of volunteers spent the morning cleaning up the garden and the area around it.
The Farmworker Association of Florida has been recruiting community members in the South Apopka area to get involved in producing their own fresh, healthy, organic food for themselves and their families. With our partner group, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, along with a diverse group of stakeholders in Apopka, FWAF has been working over the last two years to implement the Apopka Community Food Assessment Project. The assessment’s objective is to identify the barriers that low-income families, including farmworkers that live in the area, face in accessing fresh produce and to develop a plan to increase their fresh food intake, as well as to provide the opportunities to improve low-income families' access to healthy, fresh, and locally-grown produce. Farmworker families deserve to have healthy food to raise healthy families.
The ambitious volunteers on Saturday included Sabrina Collins of FAMU Law School and her family; Claudine Martinez of Rollins Grad School and her family; and National Farm Worker Ministry Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) Network members: Megan Murphy, Brian Luft, Emily Helm, Nicole Godreau, Nico Gumbs, and Heather Graves and her mom, Valerie. They were joined by FWAF staff members and organizers for the day, Holly Baker and Ana Trevino; garden member, Blanca Moreno; and several other garden members.
Where you Grow Your own Vegetables, organically!
The garden is located at 100 E. 9th Street in Apopka, with room for 80 raised beds which can be individually rented for $20 per year, which includes compost, water and professional advice and education. And, no chemical pesticides or fertilizers are allowed! The Integrated Pest Management program is used throughout the garden.
A good time was had by all!