We are what we eat, and as a society, this is not a happy story
Pasadena Learning Gardens is a non-profit organization originally dedicated to understanding and transforming the way we produce, distribute and consume food. This path revealed much about the weaknesses and opportunities we face. We now look to the connection and collaboration we see in nature as a model for our personal and collective wellness. We advocate for our wellness program of eating well, moving more, and staying connected. We educate communities to understand what “good food” is and how to grow, buy and share it; we build and support learning gardens; we educate our communities to live more sustainably; and we facilitate community transformation through collaboration with neighbors on a similar journey.
Since 2007 we have assisted in the development of multiple outdoor learning facilities in the Pasadena area including the Coral Learning Garden (our home until an unfortunate change in ownership), school gardens at John Muir HS, Aveson, and Norma Coombs in PUSD, Luther Burbank Middle School in LAUSD, and most recently in partnership with the Armory Center for the Arts we have had learning gardens at The Farmory and La Casita Community Center. Along the way we have attended hundreds of meetings, influencing and being influenced by our community.
Our key initiatives involve these core areas:
- Building and resourcing Learning Gardens
- Educating our communities to produce food, eat well, and understand why
- Facilitating Community Transformation – The Next Course Pasadena Initiative
- Sharing our communities’ successes through Digital Storytelling