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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 works with over 80 families at four community gardens and through our Cambios Micro-Development Program.  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.  Most recently Huerto de la Familia received the Justice of Eating Award from Food for Lane County.  We will be offering a Farm Business Auxiliary Program in 2015 which will include 4 Farm Business Management Classes and 7 in-field organic agricultural workshops in collaboration with Oregon State University, Berggren Demonstration Farm and Adelante Mujeres.