fresh produce on a kitchen table.
By Berenice Medina - May 28, 2019

At Huerta del Valle, it feels like being part of a family. As an organization committed to growing organic produce, it sure does feel more like a home than a community garden. Even individuals who work there and visit often call it “beautiful” and refer to it as their “community’s strength.” With two locations, one in Ontario and one in Jurupa Valley, individuals from the community are welcome to visit their open markets, plant produce, and get to know others who work in the garden.

In May of 2019, the Institute for Community Partnerships (ICP) collaborated with Huerta del Valle to bring fresh organic produce to the Loma Linda community. Harvested every Tuesday, individuals from Huerta del Valle work together to bring our community fresh produce right to our door. From fava beans to loquats (Japanese plums), there is joy in discovering what type of produce is in each box. Due to the diverse amount of produce, they have also begun to include recipes for items that are not common in grocery stores—making one feel like a chef.

With this collaboration, Huerta del Valle is not only achieving their goal of providing the Inland Empire with organic produce, but also promoting community engagement. At ICP, this is exactly what we are about: strengthening communities, together. Simply put, Huerta del Valle is more than a garden, it is an environment where people come to eat well, bond, and work together to make their garden a welcoming place for all.

Join ICP in extending their welcome to our community.

Below is an example list of their weekly produce:

Dr Jackson holding box of veggies Dr. Craig Jackson, dean at LLU School of Allied Health, picks up his CSA after work while learning about cactus.

  • Celery
  • Beets
  • Cilantro
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kolrabi
  • Radish
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Kale
  • Cactus
  • Broccoli

Note: Each box is harvested and packed in the morning so you may get additional herbs or teas (e.g. Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass (my favorite!))

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