The Black Lives Matter Garden was originally founded in 2015 by 2nd year apprentice, Leo Orleans, who planted the garden right outside their bedroom window, across the road from CASFS at PICA. The BLM Garden was relocated to the Farm Garden by CASFS POC Reunion attendees the following year and since then has been further designed by the 2016-2017 cohort.
The BLM Garden signifies the resilience of individuals, families, and communities who are the historic and current day targets of racialized violence and cultural genocide. It is a space for apprentices of these backgrounds to find solace, healing, and inspiration. In the garden, you will find medicinal herbs for physical healing and an altar space to meditate and connect with the ancestors and loved ones who have passed on. There are four annual beds forming a circle in the garden with pathways honoring the four directions. In these beds apprentices can practice the skills they are learning in the program and also experiment with seeds that hold cultural significance to their own heritage.
The garden also features artwork from 2016 apprentice, Emilia Cordero depicting traditional Mexican farming techniques next to Mexican immigrants working in conventional US farms. The piece serves as a teaching tool that illustrates the connection between immigration and agriculture, and how they influence each other.