Back in 2006, gardening business owner, immigrant success story & father of 2, Catalino Tapia experienced the pride of watching his son graduate from @UCBerkeley
Law School. In that moment he recognized that more young Latinos deserved assistance in pursuing a higher education. He started the Bay Area Gardeners Foundation (BAGF) by working with other local gardeners to ask their customers to donate to their efforts. They awarded their very first scholarships to five low-income students that year. To date, they have awarded over 200 scholarships and in 2017 alone they handed out $60,000 in scholarships! Many of the students they assisted have now become professionals and have chosen to give back to their communities, with one former scholarship recipient now serving on BAGF’s Board of Directors. Photo courtesy of Jose Aguirre.