Grow Together Project | MEND Poverty

Grow Together Project

The MEND Grow Together Project is a community initiative created to empower disadvantaged families in the northeast San Fernando Valley to work towards self-reliance and greater food security. Though many of the families served by the program grew up in farming communities, they have lacked the resources here to start home gardens of their own.  MEND’s Grow Together Project was created to change that. MEND’s Grow Together Project is a three-tiered program consisting of:

  • A home garden program that provides raised bed vegetable gardens in more than 200 family backyards (to date) as well as trees, soil, plants, tool and gardening training.
  • A culinary program that provides healthy cooking classes, food preservation workshops and nutritional information. The program strives to combat heart disease and diabetes – both of which are prevalent in our community.
  • La Colectica, a collection of growers who unite their harvests to improve their personal economies. Most recently, La Colectiva’s efforts centered on boxes of home grown produce and homemade products. The sale of these boxes generated more than $1,500 to our families’ incomes.

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The Grow Together Project delivers truckloads of compostable material to Sylmar High School Horticulture Department, which in turn provides a portion of the seedlings required by our participating families. Our long term relationship with UCCE Master Gardeners gives our families training, tips and advice by gardening experts. Additionally, student volunteers from local universities like CSUN, UCLA and USC as well as local high schools contribute their expertise and muscle power to our efforts.

Grow Together Project Partners

To combat hunger, build home gardens, and promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles, the MEND Grow Together Project has partnered with progressive community organizations and individuals. The Project is grateful for the assistance of these organizations.

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Project Information

The Grow Together Project is no longer recruiting candidates for new home gardens. We will, however, continue to periodically distribute seedlings to existing home gardens, as well as conduct cooking demonstrations at 10641 N. San Fernando Road, Pacoima, CA 91331. If you have any questions, please contact Adam Brooks at gro.y1534820530trevo1534820530pdnem1534820530@mada1534820530.