The Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI) provides educational opportunities to kids, adults, and families by teaching about gardening and nutrition while also producing healthy food to benefit the community. VEGI is a collaborative project among La Puente, local schools, area non-profits, and community members. Food grown in our gardens is distributed to the homeless shelter for meals, throughout the Food Bank Network, and to community members who are in need or who have lent a helping hand.
Garden camp is a time for children to learn about food and where it comes from, and crafts are often included as part of the lesson. One of our crafts was to make harvest bags and fill them with food to take home. This particular day also happened to be one of our campers, Ruby’s, birthday! So in an effort to make her day special, I made an extra harvest bag for her. Instead of filling the bags with food for herself, Ruby filled them both with food for her little brother who was too young to participate in garden camp. Some kids truly remind us of how we should behave as citizens of the world. Helping others above ourselves is one of the best things anyone can learn to do.
Our neighborhood garden is located on the corner of 11th Street and State Avenue. This garden provides fresh produce for La Puente Home and the Food Bank Network, as well as to the community members who work hard to keep it growing.
Alamosa Elementary Garden
This garden is located at 1709 W 10th Street. This installment provides hands-on curriculum-based garden lessons for children in grades K-5 at Alamosa Elementary each year.
La Puente Home Grow Dome
This year-round garden provides fresh vegetables for meals at the homeless shelter and can be found behind our Outreach Services building.
Interested in starting your own garden? Garden-in-a-Box provides a family, building, or agency with the ability to grow a garden virtually anywhere. Participants are provided with a 4x8 raised garden box, and all the tools and seeds necessary for a bountiful garden.
Make a Donation
VEGI can always use your support. Donations of time, garden materials, and financial contributions are all greatly appreciated!
Teach a Lesson!
If you are passionate about gardening and would like to share your knowledge, please contact us about ways to get involved in our educational programming.
One of the easiest ways to get involved with the VEGI program is to adopt a bed! By adopting a bed you take responsibility for 1 of 20 beds in the Boyd Garden and help keep our garden productive and beautiful!
We can also always use helping hands for planting, weeding, watering, and maintenance.
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please contact the Volunteer Coordination Office at 719-587-3499.
- Roughly 3000 pounds of produce was harvested
- Approximately 375 people volunteered in the gardens
- Over 1000 people benefitted from VEGI's educational programs