April 25, 2011
Cesar Chavez celebration benefits garden at Woodburn's Valor Middle School
by Nate Rafn
This year's César Chávez Commemoration Service Day, sponsored by the Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United (PCUN), was held in a grassy field at Valor Middle School in Woodburn.
For the last four years, the Cesar Chavez celebration has been organized at other community garden locations in Woodburn, including the AIS Community Garden at Woodburn High School, and the Downtown Community Garden near City Hall.
Last year, a handful of families cultivated the garden at Valor Middle School. Participating families grew fresh produce for their own use, and to donate to Aware Food Bank in Woodburn.
The Cesar Chavez event was the official kick-off of the growing season. Volunteers from Planting Communities!, Valor Middle School, and PCUN, brought tools to begin working the soil. Seeds will be planted within the next few weeks.
The event also included a seed-blessing ceremony by Huitzilopochtli, a traditional Aztec dance group.
César Estrada Chávez (1927 – 1993) was a farm worker and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).
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