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A statement from White Memorial Medical Center in regards to community garden Proyecto Jardin

Community Needs

White Memorial Medical Center has a long standing tradition of investing in and supporting the community which its serves. We firmly believe our commitment and investment in the

community goes beyond providing quality and award winning healthcare services.

In keeping with that tradition, Proyecto Jardin was founded 15 years ago by a White Memorial Medical Center (WMMC) physician who had a vision of bringing the healthful benefits of

gardening to our community. WMMC has supported our community garden since its inception and will continue to do so moving forward. More recently, Proyecto Jardin has operated as a Permit Project under its fiscal sponsor, Community Partners, which was provided a no-cost lease for the garden by WMMC. Proyecto Jardin, which operated as a fiscally sponsored project of Community Partners, elected not to renew its lease, which subsequently expired on December 31, 2015 and Community Partners elected to terminate its relationship with Proyecto Jardin.

We are committed to supporting the creation of a thriving, inclusive community garden to provide fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs and educational programming on an on-going basis. We thank Proyecto Jardin for all the good work they have done in caring for the garden to this point; however, we believe the time is right to expand the program under a partnership with two outstanding organizations with extensive experience in community gardening and good nutrition education. The garden will remain open and expand its access to include the additional community partners. WMMC firmly believes in the spirit of the thriving community garden, and we look forward to continuing to work with the existing families and volunteers who currently tend to the garden to ensure a smooth and collaborative transition as we expand and improve the community garden program.