U.S. Embassy and Consulates hosts free webinar on home and community gardens

The free event will showcase the benefits of the initiative in mitigating food insecurity and fighting the Covid-19 pandemic  

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil promotes a free of charge webinar on community vegetable gardens this Wednesday, May 19. The webinar will highlight the importance that community gardens have played during the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic around the world. The event will also discuss trends that are gaining momentum in horticulture in the US and Brazil.

The event will be virtual on Zoom, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is being organized in partnership with Jordana Mendonça, the Founder and President of EcomAmor, Delene Hughson, the executive director of Grow Pittsburgh, and Rima Green, the director of the Lettuce Grow program at Growing Gardens from Oregon.

In recent years, the habit of growing a vegetable garden at home has become popular in Brazil. And in this period of social isolation to fight against the new coronavirus, studies have shown that home and community gardens serve not only as a space that provides fresh food to alleviate food insecurity, but it’s also a source of social support and emotional well-being during this time of crisis. 


Community garden at home: a connection with nature during isolation 
Date: May 19 
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Event with simultaneous translation  
Free registration: https://statedept.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_wkGLJRU7ScmaTBlK-TvUvg  


Jordana Mendonça is the Founder and President of EcomAmor, a nonprofit in Brazil that installs community gardens in order to reduce food insecurity, foster environmental and nutritional consciousness and connect people. Jordana works as a Court Assistant at the Court of Justice of the State of Goiás, and also taught Law at Alfredo Nasser College. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás.

Denele Hughson is the Executive Director at Grow Pittsburgh. Highly motivated, enthusiastic, committed individual dedicated to increasing food access and gardening education in the Greater Pittsburgh region with over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and public education sector.

Rima Green is the Director of the Lettuce Grow program at Growing Gardens in Oregon. A Native American, Rima has experienced foster care and incarceration, as both a juvenile and adult. After a long career in the high-tech industry, Rima returned to her love of gardening and working with individuals who, like she, are caught up in the correctional system. Rima holds two degrees in Computer Science and is an Oregon Master Gardens.