How We Got Started
Huerto de la Familia (“The Family Garden”), a nonprofit organization in Eugene, Oregon, supports Latino families in Lane County create and access organic gardening opportunities and start small farm/food businesses via trainings and other support programs.
Huerto began in 1999 as a small volunteer project serving six women in one garden plot and expanded the program in 2004. The organization has served more than 400 parents and children since its inception, and currently supports over 50 families at three community gardens and a farm in Eugene. All families live at 100% to 150% of the federal poverty level.
Where We’re Headed
Our work on food equity, food security, and economic empowerment via food and farm businesses has been recognized as valuable and innovative. WHY Hunger awarded Huerto de la Familia the Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award in 2009 and, in 2011, The Small Farmers’ Project won the Heifer International Golden Program Award for USA Country Programs.
After ten years of work in the community, Huerto de la Familia’s revised its mission and vision as part of a strategic planning process to grow and improve our services. While our former mission “to strive and alleviate poverty and hunger among low-income Latino families” is still the core of our work, we have shifted focus onto the role and value of empowerment and self-sufficiency in addressing these issues.