Nuestras Raices Inc

Holyoke, MA   |  www.nuestras-raices.org

Mission

Nuestras Raices (Our Roots), Inc. is a non-profit grassroots organization that promotes economic human and community development in Holyoke through urban agriculture. Nuestras Raices draws its membership and leadership from the hundred and fifty low-income families and individuals that participate in its network of community gardens, businesses and coalitions. The organization was incorporated in 1993 in order to manage the LaFinquita community garden and to develop a greenhouse in downtown Holyoke. Nuestras Raices involves community members in all stages of planning, implementation and evaluation of its projects. The majority members of the board of directors of Nuestras Raices are current or former participants in the projects of the organization. All Nuestras Raices staff members are bilingual and the majority reside in the area affected by the organization's projects.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Ms Hilda Colon

Main address

329 Main Street

Holyoke, MA 01040 USA

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EIN

04-3182556

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Gardens: We currently manage 10 community gardens with 125 families participating and we work with the residents of Holyoke to develop new gardens every year. The gardens change the urban environment, provide access to low-cost, nutritious food and brings friends, neighbors, youth and elders together to improve the community. Children's Gardening Plots: Groups of children plant and maintain flowers, vegetables and herbs in plots within each of the community gardens and in two youth gardens. The children are taught by the elderly community gardeners, who are proud to pass on their knowledge about planting and the culture of rural Puerto Rico. Series of Educational Workshops and Field Trips: Workshops are generally in subject areas of Health and Organic Gardening practices, and field trip destinations have ranged from the New York Botanical Gardens to local farms. Farmers' Market: The community gardeners sell surplus vegetables at a stand at the Holyoke Farmers' Market (WIC coupons accepted) managed by teenagers. Beginning Farms - Nuestras Raices is helping 8-12 community members with agricultural experience start up farms on 30 acres of fertile riverfront land, Nuestras Raices provides training, TA, access to shared equipment and marketing opportunities. Environmental Justice: Young people work to identify and address the environmental problems of inner-city Holyoke, Nuestras Raices has started up a community coalition. Centro Agr'cola Community agricultural center: This project has transformed a small building and vacant lot in downtown Holyoke to create a vibrant site for small business development and community education. Cultural Festivals and Activities: A series of music, arts and cultural activities

Population(s) Served

Nuestras Raíces works with a diverse group of partners to address the environmental justice concerns facing our community. These issues include indoor and outdoor air quality and asthma, land use and garbage, and water quality and fishing in the Connecticut River. To help address these issues, we received a Level II EPA CARE grant in 2009, and we are currently working on the following action plans:Outdoor Air Quality, Asthma & Community Health: Reducing diesel emissions through local and state-wide ordinancesImproving air quality and reducing mercury emissions through ""greening"" the Mt. Tom coal plantClimate justice and reducing our carbon footprint - ""350 Actions for Holyoke""Indoor Air Quality & Healthy Homes:Healthy Homes Promotoras TrainingsReducing Risks of Toxic Exposure and Using Greener Cleaning ProductsSafer Home Pesticide UseReducing Mold & Moisture Land Use, Brownfields & Garbage:¡Viva Verde! Recycling Project in Multi-family ResidencesBrownfield Assessments and ReutilizationExpanding Community Gardens & Healthy Urban Green Spaces Water Quality, Health & Safe Fishing in the Connecticut River:Safe fishing educational campaign - bilingual fish advisories for pregnant women and childrenRiver access & ecology of Connecticut RiverSafe oil and waste disposal

Population(s) Served

Nuestras Raices Farm/La Finca is located on 30 acres alongside the Connecticut River. La Finca offers beginning farmers' trainings, helps immigrants and refugees begin commercial farms, offering technical assistance, shared equipment, innovative market opportunities and micro-loans, a youth farm, a farm store, a Paso Fino horse barn, a children's Petting Zoo, and annual cultural festivals such as the Festival de la Cosecha (Harvest Festival).

Population(s) Served

Nuestras Raices youth program offers leadership training programs focusing on gardening and agriculture, healthy school food, and environmental sustainability.

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Wave of the Future 2008

Glynwood Center

Social Responsibility and the Environment 2007

American Association of Architects and Planners

Innovators for the Public, Social Entrepreneurs 2007

Ashoka

Community Leadership 2008

Massachusetts Public Health Association

Harry Chapin Award for Self Reliance 2000

Innovation from World Hunger

Champions of Change 2011

Environmental Protection Agency

Financials

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Nuestras Raices Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/23/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Julia Rivera

Community Volunteer

Term: 2011 - 2013


Board co-chair

Richard Purcell

Bay State Medical Center

Term: 2012 - 2014

Julia Rivera

Community Volunteer

K.C. Nat Turner

University of Massachusetts

Juan Renta

Community Volunteer

Touria Eaton

University of Massachusetts

Richard Purcell

Community Volunteer

Sean Capaloff-Jones

UMass Credit Union

Maria Mendoza

Community Volunteer

Karen Grossi

Community Volunteer