The Sunflower Community Garden is working urban vegetable garden, maintained by youth hired to work through SAY’s Esperanza Resource Services program in partnership with the The Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership. At the Sunflower Garden, vegetables play a direct role in keeping teens out of gangs; during the year, the garden is staffed by youth who are given valuable work experience planting and maintaining the garden. Once ready for harvest, the garden’s produce is offered to local homeless shelters, including SAY’s Dr. Coffee Teen Shelter.
This year our youth grew over 980 pounds of vegetables, a bountiful harvest that helped feed local families, and educate a community about eating healthy foods. We also distribute and deliver produce to local restaurants with the goal of planting the seeds of business management and entrepreneurial interest in our youth workers.
The Sunflower Garden is a great site for field trips and tours. We also host school service projects, and sign off on community service and volunteer hours.