Growing more than meets the eye, Huerta de Velle is a community garden that invites residents of Ontario, CA as well as the surrounding cities to an oasis of healthy living. As families and individuals purchase personal plots of land located in the garden on Belmont Ave. they are given the chance to save money and eat healthy foods that they grow themselves. The Caramel Connections Foundation got in on the action recently, and purchased a plot where they will grow organic foods that will be used in a variety of their volunteer efforts such as with the Boys and Girls Club. Led by the passionate Elizabeth McSwain, Caramel Connection is spreading love across generations of food lovers.
Caramel Connections Foundation sees the need of the community and acts upon it with their team of volunteers. Participants are most excited to teach children and their families about the importance of becoming a part of sustainability projects that benefit individuals as much as the world as a whole. The launch party for the Caramel Connections plot was proof that gardening is a fun and easy way to ensure access to a clean food source with infinite health benefits. The Foundation’s specific desire to educate families about healthy eating habits thrives from a firm understanding and love for the culinary arts.
Rancho Cucamonga’s Community Champions were eager to help their neighboring city and learn about the community garden that they too have access to grow and buy food from at Huerta de Velle. It was both a time of service and education for the Champions who found that the garden provides more than fruits and vegetables, but also herbs that can be used in homeopathic medicine. Francisco Cardenas enjoyed learning about how accessible the community garden is. He was inspired to tell his friends and family about the opportunity to grow your own food for a healthier lifestyle.
The new addition to the community garden cannot be missed due to the heart shaped planter that McSwain chose to symbolize the love that the Caramel Connections Foundation hopes to spread. Their efforts alongside Rancho’s Community Champions as well as local residents is inspiring generations to get involved in a sustainable and healthy food choice.