Thursday, November 21, 2013
Participación en la comunidad/ Community engagement
Last week HdV hosted a special event at the garden with the Soakai family (garden members) and the STEP organization. Kathy Yep, a professor at Pitzer College along with students from Pitzer and Pomona College volunteered their Saturday afternoon with HdV members to facilitate the event. The focus at the event was all about healthy eating through cultural integration. The Soakai family and STEP have plots at the garden where they grow a variety of traditional Tongan staples such as taro, yams, onions, and papayas. The Tongan community in the area is interested in tackling health issues within their community, as well as introducing cultural education, community organizing workshops, and tutoring sessions. At the event guests were informed about the importance of Tongan cultural foods, participated in gardening activities to promote an active lifestyle, and even took a garden tour. Thank you to the Soakai family, STEP, and Kathy Yep for letting HdV be a part of this awesome event!