Huerto de la Familia

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

For the past 20 years a local nonprofit has helped Lane County immigrants find support and build community through gardening. KLCC’s Melorie Begay caught up with one family that cooks with food they grow as a way to keep their culture alive.

Rachael McDonald

One way to eat more healthy food is to grow your own veggies. The non-profit Huerto de la Familia helps low-income Latino families in Eugene and Springfield.

Kaiser Permenante officially joined Eugene's healthcare community in January, and since then, the provider has given $290,000 in grants to local non-profits, including two Latino programs.

The public is invited to celebrate Latino culture tonight at Springfield's Sprout! Regional Food Hub. The block party is being organized by the University of Oregon's Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Huerto de la Familia or the "Family Garden." Executive Director Sarah Cantril says a rising Latino Population is a large contribution to Oregon's economy.