The work of the founders of Los Jardines Institute spans over 70 years of social, environmental and economic justice organizing, education and building a multi-generational movement.
We are a volunteer-run organization that supports itself through our projects and grass roots fundraising.
LJI helped form the Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA), a national alliance of EJ grassroots organizations affiliated with Coming Clean. These organizations work to reform the chemical and energy industries so that they are no longer a source of harm. The EJHA is working on a national Dollar Store campaign - The Campaign for Healthier Solutions which works to bring attention to the high levels of toxicity in Dollar Store products. Particularly those marketed to children.
Valle de Oro & Los Jardines Institute Collaboration
LJI working in collaboration with the VDONWR, the Friends of the VDO and the Mountain View Neighborhood Association developed an Environmental and Economic Justice Strategic Plan for the Refuge. This is the first such plan for any public site in the nation.
LJI’s Agricultural Project seeks to support food justice in our communities by providing an outdoor agricultural classroom. The program provides on the job training, provides space for service learning, community gatherings, and educational activities. Volunteers at LJI enjoy organic vegetables for their families. The Agricultural programs seek to support traditional gardening practices, small farmers, and provide good organic vegetables to our communities. LJI is a member of the Agricultura Network Farm Cooperative. We also partner with El Jardín de Wagon Mound, a project of the Concerned citizens of Wagon Mound and Mora County. LJI provide technical support and training, and produce to support the CCWMMC's Farm to Table Project with the Wagon Mound Public Schools.
Los Jardines Institute was the first Librotraficantes Underground Library in New Mexico: a project of Tu Voz Latina, a literary radio program out of Austin Texas The Librotraficantes Library campaign honors Tucson High School students and teachers whose Mexican American Studies class was terminated by the Tucson Public School Board of Education. The city and state have fought ethnic studies in the schools and universities. Many titles that are considered classic literature, such as Pedagogy of the Oppressed were banned. Also, censored, 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures edited by Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez a publication coming out of struggles in New Mexico.
The purpose of Los Jardines Institute (The Gardens Institute) is to build and support healthy and sustainable communities and workplaces. We do this by creating opportunities that promote multi-generational learning, The Institute honors land-based and grassroots ways of knowing in the places where we live, work, play, pray, and go to school.