Brawley Senior Center gets a green thumb

John Hernandez with the Senior Community Garden
John Hernandez with the Senior Community Garden behind him

BRAWLEY – John Hernandez, past president of the Brawley Senior Club, addressed the crowd gathered to dedicate the Senior Center’s much dreamed about, but never implemented until now, community garden.

The popular senior center situated on J Street and 8th Street, now can add gardening to its full menu of Zumba dancing, hot lunches, and various daily entertainments to the seniors of Brawley.

Felia Vega
Felia Vega bought a pepper plant for the garden

Many in the community pitched in to make this plot of earth a reality. IID director Steven Benson sent a tractor to till the ground, another sent a truck of manure, while a local artist created the mural. Imperial Stores donated several plants to jump start the project.

“I know we are late starting for the growing season,” Hernandez said about the May opening, “but we have to start sometime.”

Tanya Fernandez, Senior Center coordinator said the garden will bring the community together to cultivate and grow nutritious and sustainable food that can be shared.

The garden will also provide opportunities for collaboration with other community based organizations that are willing to assist and help with programs for Brawley’s growing senior citizen population.

If you desire to help or want additional information, contact Tanya Fernandez at 760-344-3154.