Empowering Community One Garden at a Time


The North Coast Opportunities Garden Project serves Mendocino and Lake Counties with 45+ "community empowerment" food gardens. In this episode Nicky Bobby from CropMobster talks with NCO Gardens Project Coordinator Ava Ryan and AmeriCorps VISTA representative Taylor Jamison. The Gardens Project has been in Mendocino since 2007 and in Lake County since 2015 addressing food insecurity by building community gardens. With 1 in 5 people being food insecure, and many community members located in food deserts, these often self-managed community gardens are becoming areas where food isn't the only thing being cultivated. Gardeners are improving their physical health, relationships are being built, and communities are taking the future into their own hands.

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    Susan Lightfoot Schempf on 12/26/2017 4:48:28 PM

    I'm a longtime fan of the Gardens Project! They've built these gardens with long-term sustainability in mind by building up the leadership and coordination skills within the community of gardeners at each site. A USDA Community Food Projects grant helped build that capacity, and now the 45 gardens are run by just 2 staff. Huge kudos to visionary founder Miles Gordon!