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Salinas center to help homeless welcomes new community garden

Dozens of people gathered at the Salinas SHARE Homeless Navigation Center with rakes and shovels to plant a new community garden.

The garden, consisting of 14 planting beds for growing vegetables and flowers, was set up by municipal and county officials; organizations, including Bay Area Community Services (BACS); the Salinas Valley Waste Authority; and parents and children residing at the SHARE Center.

The purpose of the vegetable garden, officials say, is to establish a place where residents can go to relax, as well as learn about farming and growing their own food.

The SHARE Center, supported and run by BACS, helps families and children in need. Gary Tia, associate program director, says he is hopeful about the resources the new garden will provide.

“There are no limits to what we can do here,” Tia said. “We can offer educational courses for the youth. We can provide food and the food we grow here can be used for cooking.”

Volunteers set up 14 planting beds to grow plants and vegetables at the Salinas SHARE Center.

This was exciting news for 11-year-old Jahnae Williams, who says she was happy to do her part in planting the garden.

“I don’t really do a lot of things at my school because it’s online,” he said. “I’m happy to be able to go out here and plant things so I know how to plant when I’m older.”

Melissa Menchata, a resident of SHARE Center, says it is the perfect opportunity for her children to learn some life skills.

“It’s good to have this for kids just to teach them something,” he said. “Teach them how to grow things, how to do things for themselves. Teach them things like the environment and pollution and just help the community.”

Monterey County Superintendent Luis Alejo says the creation of the garden has been a major goal since the SHARE Center was established.

Although the planting beds had been ready on site for some time, getting the soil and other materials to complete the garden was the next big task.

Municipal and county leaders are involved in the construction of the new community garden at the SHARE Center in Salinas.

“I came here around Christmas for an event, and I saw that the bins were still empty, so my next project was to work with the Supervisor. [Chris] Lopez to get donations, “he said.

“We approached organizations like Salinas Home Depot and the Salinas Valley Waste Authority, who were so generous to be able to donate,” Alejo continued.

Nykole Sakihara, director of the SHARE Center program, says there are big plans for the garden.

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