Cesar Chavez Demonstration Garden at El Centro de la Raza

This colorful garden is packed with great ideas.

“With the drought in the Midwest food prices are most likely going to stay high for the next three years” said Mick, Master Gardener at the Chavez Garden.  “It’s a great time to garden and it’s not too late to put in a winter crop.”

With help from a RaVE mini-grant Mick has taught 4 adult and 7 youth classes on how to grow your own groceries.  Adult classes are held on the second Saturday of the month through September from 10:00 to 11:30 and classes for kids attending El Centro programs are held Wednesdays.


In addition to the classes over 600 plant starts were donated to gardeners via the El Centro food bank.  “It was great to see people leaving the food bank with a bag of groceries and a tomato plant” said an enthusiastic Mick.

A greenhouse will be built once construction is over on a new park and expanded garden space.  This greenhouse will be great for classes and growing even more starts.

Here are some more scenes from this lovely garden!

Raised beds and pots abound.

Fruit and berries are blended in with the veggies creating an edible paradise.

Signs are in Spanish and English.

Both Amaranth and Quinoa are being grown.