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There are numerous challenges faced directly by our community a^?? high crime, homelessness, drug activity, lack of proper nutrition, lack of recreational areas and wholesome activities for young people overcoming language and cultural barriers due to ethnic diversity. Our programs address these issues by offering hands-on learning and productive activities in stable environment. Our Programs are a collaborative effort of various components of our community charged with encouraging skills leading to sustainability and self esteem. We are interested in building a sense of community and cooperative effort through shared garden projects in the healing atmosphere of open green spaces. We want to encourage children and adults of different ethnic backgrounds to learn how to work and live together and benefit from cooperative enterprises. We are also motivated by the opportunity for participants to develop their sensitivity, appreciation, and sense of responsibility to the earth.
Guadalupe Gardens consists of six community gardens along South G Street in the historic Hilltop neighborhood just above downtown Tacoma. We host a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), have a 4-H youth gardening program, have a soil restoration and composting project, and are in the planning stages of developing a community pea patch. Volunteers basically operate this grassroots project. All of our gardens are organic gardens and a large part of our vegetables, flowers, and herbs go to the CSA. Some of the food we grown goes to the Guadalupe House and four other transitional homes owned by the Catholic Workers. Vegetables, flowers, and herbs are also sold at Proctor Farmers' Market, given to soup kitchens, food banks, and the AIDS Foundation.
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