Planting a Garden in Highland Park

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in News | 0 comments

Collaborative green-thumb project brings together Hathaway-Sycamores at-risk youth and Western Asset volunteers

The Hathaway-Sycamores Family Resource Center in Highland Park was recently host to a group of employees from Pasadena-headquartered Western Asset who volunteered their time on two consecutive Saturdays to work on an edible gardening project. The garden’s six raised beds, which were transformed last year by Western Asset volunteers, including a new irrigation system, was tilled, weeded and replanted with strawberries, squash, artichokes and other fruits and vegetables.

The Western Asset volunteers were joined by students serving on Hathaway-Sycamores’ Youth Leadership Council along with adolescents participating in Hathaway-Sycamores’ Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program. These students will continue to maintain the garden throughout the year, and once the fruits and vegetables are ready to harvest, educators with Hathaway-Sycamores’ Promotoras Comunitarias Program will use the garden produce in nutritional cooking classes that are offered for youngsters and adults through Hathaway-Sycamores’ Family Resource Center. Currently, some 180 such cooking classes are provided at the Family Resource Center and in 35 schools throughout northeast Los Angeles.

As for Western Asset’s involvement in the garden-creation project, Kathy Driscoll, Coordinator of Employee and Community Programs said, “This garden project is a way for our staff to get involved with hands-on volunteering. We enjoy giving back to organizations in the community and especially working with organizations that help children such as Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services.”

If your company is interested in getting involved in community outreach with Hathaway-Sycamores, please call: (626) 395-7100 ext. 2519.

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