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We Put the “Community” in Community Garden

By Sustainability Interns | February 2, 2015


Dear Friends,
Remember when I talked about potentially donating the produce we weren’t ready to sell to non-profits and soup kitchens? On Sunday, I got the chance to hang out with Gustavo Hurtado, one particularly awesome UCR alumnus and do just that! He now works with the Riverside Free Clinic in collaboration with Project Food, a social service project of the First Congregational Church of Riverside; their main focus is creating a food initiative to improve access to fresh produce through the collection of donated fruits and veggies from local gardens.

While the rest of the team was away at a convergence for food justice in Santa Barbara, I assumed the role of official gate-keeper—well, more unofficially, but I like the title and so I’m keeping it. Since the church holds the soup kitchen Wednesday evenings, Gustavo stopped by over the weekend and I was able to help him with some harvesting.

Little beats laughing about strawberries that look like they have bellybuttons (gee, I must have some strange affinity for strawberries. This is the third consecutive time I’ve mentioned them in a blog-post!). I had a blast learning about the work he does and just simply learning about who he is. That’s what happens in the R’Garden. We’ve not forgotten the first part of our title: community. We’re never really hyper-focused on doing our own thing. We’re always meeting with local innovators, humanitarians, farmers, and the like to offer our support and determine in which areas we can more effectively collaborate. We’re constantly building community—which I’d say is rather important, as we’re a community garden and all.

Come build community with us! We’d love to get to know you and grow some food with you.

‘Til then,
Alannah Ivy

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One Response to “We Put the “Community” in Community Garden”

  1. Mary Guess Says:
    February 4th, 2015 at 5:44 am

    The garden looks great, and so do you, Alannah. What kind of irrigation system are you using?


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