As a social worker and community organizer, youth leadership is the goal in all the work I do. I believe youth ownership of a space, a mission, a community is the key to sustainability. I know when a community rallies around the youth and the youth know theyíre in the lead, amazing things can happen.
So with that, a few updates from Snr Huerta on La Huerta:
-Weíve launched a Saturday employment program for the youth most interested in the mission and work of La Huerta. This Saturday will be our 2nd work day. Any produce you buy at this point will directly fund putting the youth into positions of leadership.
-Antonio is leading an expansion project that will be vital for the financial sustainability of the garden. Over the next month, we will be fundraising for the preparation of a new section of the land for the planting of bananas, piŮas, and other highly valued produce.
-Save the date: 10/02/2018 we will be hosting a festival and fundraising dinner at the garden catered by Muy Rico. All proceeds from this event will be directed towards preparing the new banana field. Tickets on sale soon!
-Youth will be working on signs and instructions for composting to make sure it's easier for everyone to donate their organic material.
-When you bring your compost, please take it all the way to the back everytime and deposit it under the tarp. Please replace the tarp and weights to keep the critters out.
-Please do not leave any inorganic waste such as plastic bags or other containers behind.
-Please do not leave your compost in bags anywhere on the farm.
-While we are very thankful for all forms of support, please note that donating your compost is not the same as supporting the farm by buying our produce or donating your time or money. While we invite you to share in the bounty, I remind you that, first and foremost, the farm is for the youth and the community. Please be humble when taking from the garden. And whenever possible, please make a contribution for any produce you take.
Itís a true honor to work with the collaborative and supportive community who make the garden possible. Itís exciting to join the team and work with Peter, Antonio, Davison, Lynda. I know Iím a new comer and Iím trying not to shake things up more than I have to but I am determined to make an impact in the areas I believe Iím capable of doing so.
Please bare with us as we sort through standardizing our approach to sales, marketing and youth engagement. And plan on seeing the youth on the forefront of any new initiative we take on.
Feel free to come hang out with the youth or with me anytime. Youth are on the farm Lunes, Miercoles y Viernes 8:30-10:30.
Iíve so enjoyed getting to know you all. Letís keep sharing stories and ideas. Most importantly, letís rally together for the future that the youth envision for their community.
Abrazos a todos,
If youíre curious to see some of the work I've been involved with in small town San Luis, Colorado here are some links:
Youth Leader's Music video with 2MX2
Project description and interviews: http://bit.ly/2sYESN5
Move Mountains Project Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/youcanmovemountains
Be sure to visit www.lamanzanilla.info for more information about La Manzanilla Mexico.