Exciting TImes! AN overview of my apprenticeship
December 24, 2014

Continuing to organize a vibrant local food system in Seguin, Texas

Thanks in large part to the current garden manager and the person who served as my supervisor for this apprenticeship, Ricardo Guerra, production out at the community garden continues to be strong. I participated the most I have to date in the everyday operation of the garden and I am so thankful of the lessons I have learned. In addition, participation by the community seems to have increased as showcased by the frequent visitors and willingness of many to donate time to weed as well as seed to plant future gardens.

Thomas Schroeder, current manager of Texas State's student garden located on the Freeman Ranch in San Marcos, Texas and Ricardo Guerra, Ogallala Commons Apprentice supervisor and president of LULAC 682 in Seguin enjoy the site of over 100 lbs of fresh produce that Thomas delivered to the food bank located at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Seguin.
Thomas Schroeder, current manager of Texas State’s student garden located on the Freeman Ranch in San Marcos, Texas and Ricardo Guerra, Ogallala Commons Apprentice supervisor and president of LULAC 682 in Seguin enjoy the site of over 100 lbs of fresh produce that Thomas delivered to the food bank located at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Seguin.

In addition, in an effort of sustainable community development, Ricardo and myself were able to acquire the rights to 17 greenhouses, which will be both sold for the sake of raising funds to continue the partnership with OC but some of these will also be donated to efforts of agriculture and food production education. We are very excited about using these greenhouses as an educational tool to engage more youth with the food system.

5 of the 17 greenhouses recently acquired by the Seguin LULAC Foundation. These greenhouses will both be sold with the proceeds going towards sustainaing further internships/apprenticeships in Seguin while others will be donated to agriculture education organizations.
5 of the 17 greenhouses recently acquired by the Seguin LULAC Foundation. These greenhouses will both be sold with the proceeds going towards sustainaing further internships/apprenticeships in Seguin while others will be donated to agriculture education organizations.

Finally, I am hopeful that meetings to start organizing the various community garden efforts in Seguin will be successful in creating a working network between the gardens so that food access in Seguin through the use of community gardens. With about 7 organized gardens in Seguin, and hopefully more to come very soon, I hope this efforts continues to get stronger.

 

Finding funds to further the initiative of improving health in our community

In October, the LULAC Foundation was awarded a $5000 MARS Healthy Community Program grant to go towards the implementation of community health programs for a 6 month period which started in November. Only 5 of these grants were granted by the National LULAC Institute to local LULAC chapters around the United States. Something of note, Seguin is the smallest recipient city out of the five.

Here is a link for more information regarding the grant.

http://lulac.org/programs/health/mars_healthy_communities/

 

Here is the press release written by OC Board member, Alphonso Rincón regarding

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Travelling throughout the Ogallala Region and interacting directly with Ogallala Commons leadership and community partners.

This trip, which took over the month of October, was documented and written about in the blog posted here.  Please check it out!!

A Traveling Account of Community Assets in Action

A Traveling Account of Community Assets in Action, Pt 2

 

Supervisor/apprentice relationship

Finally, I would like to express much gratitude to Ricardo Guerra, who served as my supervisor for this apprenticeship. Our work together was very collaborative in nature however Ricardo also gave me a lot of freedom in accomplishing my goals. This made for a great mix of good teamwork and opportunities for individual creativity and initiative in getting things done. Seeing each other practically every day for the last four months, this close knit collaboration was a great example of great leadership cultivating great results by the understudy.

LULAC Foundation, RIcardo Guerra, Gloria Sasser, Treasurer and I at the New Braunfels Health Summit held on December 5th.
LULAC Foundation, Ricardo Guerra, Gloria Sasser, Treasurer and I at the New Braunfels Health Summit held on December 5th.