In Conversation with Valley Verde: Healthy equitable food

“In Conversation” is a video interview series that Jessica Graham, Google’s Downtown West Community Engagement Manager, is hosting to highlight interesting ideas and thought-provoking discussions with our partners, stakeholders and community members.

Video interview with three members of the Valley Verde team

Watch the full interview with Valley Verde

In this episode of “In Conversation,” we met up (virtually) with three members of the Valley Verde team: Marlene Gallegos, Home Garden Program Coordinator; Rita Espinoza, Home Garden Program Coordinator; and Rachelle Harding, Home Garden Program Manager.

Valley Verde is a nonprofit urban farm and nursery that Downtown West has been proud to host as an interim use tenant (see photos of their grand opening event here). Valley Verde works with a culturally informed community-based food system to address food inequities. They  provide low-resource Silicon Valley families with organic home gardening training as well as micro-entrepreneurship training, helping families to increase self-sufficiency, health and resilience. In this conversation, we talk about the food inequities that Valley Verde seeks to address, and how they choose their seedlings and conduct their outreach.

Visit www.valleyverde.org  if you are interested in volunteering, donating, or want to read more about the programs they offer.  Watch the whole interview here to learn more about how Valley Verde is reconnecting to its agricultural roots and providing access for everyone to have healthy food.

Have thoughts? Email us any comments or questions you may have at downtownwest@google.com

Thanks for joining us and look out for the next conversation to be shared soon.