La Maestra Community Health Centers’ Garden of Hope

City Heights

At the La Maestra Community Health Centers’ community garden we find gardeners Norma Rodriguez and Norma Jerilla. Norma R. speaks of growing up in rural Mexico and how rural lifestyles by design are more healthier than living in the city. The garden reminds her of her younger years and helps maintain her health through exercise and fresh produce that’s hard to find at the short-lived nearby markets. Norma J. finds stress relief in the garden and access to produce grown without chemical pesticides.