Driven by a desire to ‘give back’ to her community in suburban Los Angeles, Laura Robledo initiated her career in urban agriculture as an undergrad at California State University Northridge. For over six years she has been working as an activist and organizer around issues of food justice and urban agriculture in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. In 2009 Laura worked for a youth-driven nonprofit organization as Coordinator of the Project Youth Green community garden with its 60 families. And in 2013 she built MEND’s-Meet Each Need with Dignity Grow Together garden program, created to empower disadvantaged families to work towards self-reliance and greater food security through gardening. Having led the effort in providing 178 MEND families with home gardens, building a community of gardeners, volunteers and community partners, Laura finds growing food a way for people to connect with the environment and each other. She is a Certified UC Master Gardener with a degree in Political Science. Contact Laura at gro.y1508680074ssabm1508680074etned1508680074utsla1508680074bolg@1508680074arual1508680074
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Global Student Embassy at Terra Linda
GSE began it’s partnership with Terra Linda last year. GSE collaborated with MSEL, coordinating and working alongside groups working towards Zero-Waste goals, and developing the school garden. We’ve coordinated materials and development of a garden expansion including new raised-beds and irrigation.
We had our first group travel from Terra Linda, and many returned excited to keep traveling and engaging. In the coming year we will work to harness that energy to increase participation in trips, and also channel new environmentalists towards action through a club.
The community is a place of the highest importance. I have learned to be more honest and helpful within a group; providing constructive criticism and doing my share. Knowing how to work together is what makes a community.Jamison Burks