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After three years of service in Peace Corps Panama, our Founder, Jeremy Terhune, returned home with a vision. He wanted to motivate disadvantaged families, senior citizens, and youth to break the cycle of childhood obesity and other food related health issues surrounding inadequate diet, poor eating habits and a lack of access to healthy whole-foods. After working for several years as a Community Organizer in South Stockton, he was surprised to discover that areas of his hometown, Stockton, CA, were food deserts and were actually more food insecure than his Peace Corps site. In 2009, Jeremy rekindled his inspiration from collaborating with self-sustaining farmers in Panama in order to create change by and for Stockton communities; thus PUENTES was born.
With the help of a dedicated group of community volunteers, PUENTES created their first community garden in 2009 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds with an annual budget of $4,000, and has since founded Boggs Tract Community Farm.
We have helped to transform millions of dollars of regional and community investments into programs that incubate food based entrepreneurs, encouraged hundreds of children to grow and eat fresh produce, and have mended the cultural connection between generations of families and their food.
As evidenced by Stockton’s nascent urban farming ordinance and our city’s Food and Ag Action Plan, PUENTES continues to grow and has helped shift the attitude of regional policy makers and community members alike towards embracing urban agriculture in order to resolve hunger at the root level as a community planning issue.
Photos courtesy of Jeremy Terhune (header).
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