Unity Gardens, Inc. We're growing community;  sprouting seeds of sharing 
<ul><li>The vision for the Unity Gardens is to have a community with an abundance of healthy, locally grown produce. </li>...
<ul><li>Community Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High Unemployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crime </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Vacant  Land,
Hungry  People,
<ul><li>Community Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People with more time, seeking to provide for themselves and their f...
What is a Unity Garden? <ul><li>Land Gardened By A Group Of People </li></ul><ul><li>Community or  Individual Plots </li><...
Why Start a Garden? <ul><ul><li>Economic support for neighborhood residents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Service P...
Produces nutritious food  Reduces family food budgets Stimulates social interaction Conserves Resources Reduces Crime Pres...
<ul><ul><li>Sustainable Food Supply </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Opportunities  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training ...
The Unity Gardens: We Are Growing More Than Vegetables Here http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfisherphotography/3478460100 /
What is a Unity Garden? How are they organized?  Who gardens?  Where are they located?
 
 
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Government and Community Collaborations <ul><li>City of South Bend </li></ul><ul><li>Botanical Society of South Bend </li>...
The 2010 Garden Season… begins today! Plans are being made for more gardens - of all kinds - and for garden events and wor...
The Unity Gardens Growing sustainable community through: Sprouting seeds of sharing   For more information about Unity Gar...
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  • Welcome Introductions Brief history Bertrand Farm + Earth Day + CFED + Botanical Society May 2007 Brainstorm/Mission Meeting Gail &amp; Parks Board Greenhouse Garden OK’d Sept 2007 Feb 2008 met with Holy Trinity SBCG meetings: education Feb Greenhouse Garden mtgs Spring = Homeless Shelter garden Summer = Sara’s “Free Garden”; NNW youth gatden tril and efforts to expand Tonight = Mission fulfillment in sense that providing gardening opportunities SBCG as resource, networking and education resource
  • Any Piece Of Land Gardened By A Group Of People. Urban, Suburban, Or Rural One Community Plot Many Individual Plots Multi-Generational: Youth, Adults And Seniors Gardening Together A Series Of Plots Dedicated To &amp;quot;Urban Agriculture&amp;quot; Where The Produce Is Grown For A Market.
  • Can create income opportunities and economic development Encourages Self-Reliance Reduces Family Food Budgets Conserves Resources Urban agriculture (sell produce); donate produce (Plant-a-Row for the Hungry); youth grow and sell
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    1. 1. Unity Gardens, Inc. We're growing community; sprouting seeds of sharing 
    2. 2. <ul><li>The vision for the Unity Gardens is to have a community with an abundance of healthy, locally grown produce. </li></ul><ul><li>Mission ~ To improve community health: </li></ul><ul><li>Physically by increasing accessibility of fruits and vegetables as well as providing education on nutrition and food preparation. </li></ul><ul><li>Socially by providing access to healthy food and opportunities for the disadvantaged </li></ul><ul><li>Economically : by developing a sustainable local food system, recapturing food waste, creating new jobs, and increasing per-capita productivity </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Community Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High Unemployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Quality Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Health Crisis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Availability & Accessibility Disparities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donut Communities </li></ul></ul>http:// www.southbendtribune.com Tribune Photos/JIM RIDER
    4. 4. Vacant Land,
    5. 5. Hungry People,
    6. 6. <ul><li>Community Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People with more time, seeking to provide for themselves and their families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community and neighborhood organizing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased interest in local, fresh food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich history of urban gardening in region rich in food growing resources (soil, water, climate) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacant lots, generous land owners </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. What is a Unity Garden? <ul><li>Land Gardened By A Group Of People </li></ul><ul><li>Community or Individual Plots </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-Generational </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Urban Agriculture&quot; </li></ul>
    8. 8. Why Start a Garden? <ul><ul><li>Economic support for neighborhood residents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Service Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth entrepreneurial experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood beautification – more green space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational opportunity for all ages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a neighborhood social networking, meeting and play space for all ages, races, classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decrease crime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise property values </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help residents take ownership of their neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Health: fresh, local food, recreation and socialization </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Produces nutritious food Reduces family food budgets Stimulates social interaction Conserves Resources Reduces Crime Preserves green space & Beautifies neighborhoods Benefits Creates income opportunities & economic development Encourages self-reliance Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
    10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Sustainable Food Supply </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training and Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship & Jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Farmer’s Markets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Building </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. The Unity Gardens: We Are Growing More Than Vegetables Here http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfisherphotography/3478460100 /
    12. 12. What is a Unity Garden? How are they organized? Who gardens? Where are they located?
    13. 15. 7 13 08
    14. 22. Government and Community Collaborations <ul><li>City of South Bend </li></ul><ul><li>Botanical Society of South Bend </li></ul><ul><li>Saint Joseph County Health Dept </li></ul><ul><li>South Bend Parks and Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Redevelopment Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Waste </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Public Works </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana Department of Corrections </li></ul><ul><li>Purdue Cooperative Extension </li></ul><ul><li>Solid Waste Management </li></ul><ul><li>Saint Joseph County Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>South Bend Community School Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Memorial Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future </li></ul><ul><li>Barnes and Thornburg </li></ul>
    15. 23. The 2010 Garden Season… begins today! Plans are being made for more gardens - of all kinds - and for garden events and workshops, and for resource development. People make gardens grow. Help plant the seeds for a healthy, interdependent community.
    16. 24. The Unity Gardens Growing sustainable community through: Sprouting seeds of sharing For more information about Unity Gardens www.unitygardensinc.org [email_address]
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