Rosario Hernandez

Food Innovation Fellows 2018

Historic westside gardens

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Mission

The Historic Westside Gardens’ mission is to foster community self-determination through building equitable neighborhood networks around healthy, fresh and affordable food.

Summary

The Historic Westside Gardens (HWG) helps Westside residents build their own gardens at home and to plant, grow, harvest, and sell their own produce. HWG also runs a community garden hub for those who do not have the yard space to start a garden at their home. The organization strives to improve food access, a longtime problem, in the Historic Westside Neighborhoods with the goal of a well-fed and prosperous community.

Experience

When Rosario Hernandez first moved to the Westside, it was really hard to find good quality produce. One day, she looked at her big backyard and said to herself, “Let me just grow some stuff of my own.” Soon after, Rosario met Gil Frank, founder of Historic Westside Gardens, which fosters community self-determination through building equitable neighborhood networks around healthy, fresh and affordable food. Now she and other HWG Garden Angels are working alongside the community to install gardens at homes and in the community, teach citizens how to grow and eat from their gardens, and selling produce at the Westside Growers Market

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