La Union, Mexican advocacy group, plants seeds of culture in Sunset Park
BROOKLYN - A grassroots group in Sunset Park is out to serve the local Mexican-American community and it's doing just that by growing a public garden.
Sunset Park is home to one of the largest Mexican populations in the city. The group, called La Union, provides programs and services to support the community, such as community organizing for immigrants' rights, parent empowerment and more.
The group has created a garden with produce like squash, cucumber, garlic and cilantro for Mexican cooking. Members of the group say they got the idea for the garden because they missed the nature and farming culture in Mexico.
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Members of the group tend the garden's soil, grow the produce and lay compost. They say they hope the space strengthens the community and encourages fellow members to eat healthy and learn about cultural traditions.