It’s unjust Pajaro Valley community members, primarily Latinx farm workers and their families, suffer from chronic health issues due to food insecurity. Many of these farmworkers in Pajaro Valley are living in food prisons (aka food deserts). Food prisons (food deserts) are impoverished areas without access to fresh produce because the neighborhoods lack wholesome food providers like grocery stores and farmers’ markets. In other words the neighborhoods are full of fast food restaurants, liquor stores, and convenient stores. Mesa Verdes Gardens is administering garden spaces for farmworker families to grow their own produce.
Mesa Verde Gardens’ mission statement is to build and sustain a network of organic community gardens that promote the sharing of cultural practices and improves the overall health of families in the Pajaro Valley.
“CAN’s Growing Justice project, empowers youth & MVG gardeners to understand the interrelated challenges of food insecurity, violence & poor environmental quality; assess the significance of community gardens; and gain practical skills that empower them to advocate for & spearhead changes in their community.” -CAN (Growing Justice)