Sustainability – Primavera’s commitment to social and economic justice in the context of vibrant and revitalized neighborhoods has challenged the organization to integrate its neighborhood revitalization and community engagement activities. The strategy is to integrate community development and community engagement by strengthening resident leadership development and organizing across sectors with multiple community partners in targeted neighborhoods.
Access to healthy foods and neighbors coming together to work on a project are both key elements to neighborhood revitalization. To that end, Primavera partners with community members and other agencies to help establish a network of community gardens. Community gardens have many benefits which include: preserving green spaces; growing organic, healthy foods; growing community; intergenerational and cross-culture interaction between neighbors and an increased quality of life. Community gardens can also be vital economic development tools if coupled with a community farmer’s market. Currently this network of gardens includes the City of South Tucson and Barrio Anita.
In 2008, Barrio Anita neighbors and volunteers joined together to install a grey water harvesting system at the laundry facility of a Primavera drop-in and housing program in the neighborhood. Through the project they discovered a common interest in revitalizing a community garden. Primavera staff and community members of Barrio Anita began meeting in January 2009 to explore restoring the garden adjacent to this program. In honor of the neighborhood’s historical roots, the garden was named Tierra Anita which means “Anita Earth.” With goals of growing organic food and other plants, enjoying community, and providing inter-generational mentoring and educational opportunities, the partnership between Primavera and the neighbors of Barrio Anita has been strengthened.
Click here to visit the Tierra Anita blog.
Click here to read about Tierra Anita in Primavera's Spring 2010 Springboard. Article written by Julie Kudrna.
Primavera is currently hosting two faith-based interns to work on all of Primavera's garden projects. Read about our Mennonite Volunteer and Garden Coordinator Emma Stahl-Wert. You can learn more about her and Mennonite Voluntary Service from their November 2011 newsletter. Read about our United Methodist Church’s Global Ministries Volunteer and Garden Coordinator Darlene Logston in the United Methodist Church’s Global Ministries Missionaries Profiles.
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Historical Photos of Tierra Anita
the newly cultivated Tierra Anita