Ana Rasmussen has successfully launched eight community gardens, three community orchards, two community donation gardens, and 10 early childhood gardens in South Santa Cruz. She helps farmworker families increase self-reliance by growing organic produce for their own tables. Ana will share her expertise on community organizing, finding land and funding, planning gardens, daily care, utilizing excess harvest, and working with city officials, churches, and schools. Roberto Santos and Reyna Cruz, two longtime leaders at Mesa Verde Gardens, will talk about the gardens’ impacts on their health, their families, and the larger community. Demand for community garden plots far exceeds available spaces. Let’s grow a new crop of organizers at Eco-Farm! This will be a bilingual workshop.
B | 10:30 am