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We're committed to creating a sustainable, local food system that builds community, improves access to healthy food, and teaches residents to cultivate their own fruits and vegetables.
Garden To Table’s mission is to create a sustainable local food system that builds community, improves access to healthy food, and teaches residents how to cultivate their own fruits and vegetables. Over the past three years, we've built 8 neighborhood gardens at apartment buildings, schools, and homes in Central San Jose, harvested and donated over 30,000 pounds of fruit from neighborhood trees to local food programs, and conducted numerous gardening and nutrition classes for community members and elementary school students.
In October of 2013, we transformed a vacant lot and began building an urban farm in downtown San Jose. The ultimate goals of the farm are three-fold: provide access to fresh produce; act as our main educational venue to benefit the broader community; and provide a steady source of revenue to sustain our organization.
We believe that this model, with a farm as the anchor that is surrounded with neighborhood gardens and fruit harvesting events, can act as the foundation of a more self-sustaining local food system that can be replicated throughout the City.
I had the pleasure of interning with Garden to Table as their Fruit Picking intern earlier this year. The experience in working with the dedicated staff and the community was extremely rewarding. I would definitely recommend Garden to Table as an excellent organization that's really working towards providing a sustainable local food system throughout the Downtown San Jose area!
I'd like to now tell you why i'd recommend Garden to Table to a friend of colleague, but there is so much special goodness to share I probably won't have the time, space, or energy to properly express myself. I will say that my volunteering experience with their organization was fun, informative and fruitful…LITERALLY! (I was rewarded with a bag of luscious, ripe, apricots for the time and energy I donated.) I'd also recommend volunteering with Garden to Table because you might get a glimpse of the shark wearing shorts and rain boots.
Garden To Table is an Excellent organization which provides volunteers to both contribute, shine and experience the very physical labor as kids heard in many fairy tails. The difference is, the volunteer effort affect every community member who benefits from the harvest and hard work and dedication of every volunteer. The staff coordinated by Lan is Extremely friendly and easy to reach. All staff members are passionate communicators, excellent at assisting volunteers in need and Very clear about the goal. Every day is laid out according to a plan. They are a very honorable organization that Deserves many eyes,
and its a way of giving back to the community. Garden To Table exposed me to how many people need help and how its Not Hard to give back to Our community.
I've been volunteering at Horace Mann Elementary under the Garden to Table organization for my CHAD class at SJSU, and I've learned that it has very knowledgable, friendly, and helpful members. They're very dedicated to the community and teaching children about the benefits healthy food and the importance of growing fruits of vegetables. With many fun opportunities, Garden to Table is an awesome organization to volunteer for.
The team at Garden 2 Table are well organized, friendly and motivated. They are always prepared to provide clear direction and don't mind recommendations or suggestions. There is always a team atmosphere and when you are done volunteering, you really feel like you've helped out.