‘Garden to Table’ project in San Jose
Vacant parcels in San Jose, CA, cost millions of dollars each year to maintain in an area with some of the best weather on the planet.
A project managed by CommUniverCity San Jose, an organization that brings together the collective power of student service learners and faculty from San Jose State University, residents of the university’s neighboring communities, and resources from the city of San Jose.
Garden to Table accomplishes this goal by working with community members to harvest the community’s neglected fruit trees, in addition to building gardens for families who do not have their own gardening space, and sharing the excess produce with those in need. We also provide a variety of supplemental workshops on nutrition and gardening to teach people the value and relative ease of eating healthy. Finally, we have been working for about 2 years on our “white whale,” so to speak, to obtain the rights to build a community garden that will initially serve 15 families and two elementary schools.
The centerpiece of this non-profit is to convert a vacant lot into an urban farm in San Jose and generate enough revenue to sustain all of Garden to Table’s operations, as well as identify new ways of economic development through urban agriculture.
The farm will serve two purposes. One will be to serve as an educational hub for community members to learn about and interact with food through gardening, cooking, and nutrition classes.