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:
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.
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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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.