Nutrition and Gardening Programs: A Way to Collaborate with Your Extension Colleagues and Your Community
Extension CommunityExtension Community
Garden and NutritionGarden and Nutrition
Nourishing Our CommunityNourishing Our Community
Audience FeedbackAudience Feedback
Are you currently, or have you, worked in
a community gardening program?
Have you engaged other Extension
colleagues in your garden programs?
Have you engaged other community
Feedback ContinuedFeedback Continued
Have you used produce from the
community gardens to provide food to
low-income individuals and families?
Has funding for the garden been an
Have you had any negative response to
the garden program?
WIC and SeniorWIC and Senior
Farmer’s MarketsFarmer’s Markets
Produce grown in garden at Rock County Jail
Taken to Beloit and Janesville WIC clinics
and four low income senior housing sites
Utilization of WIC and Senior Farm Market
Excess produce is given to local food
pantries with food handling, preservation
and recipe handouts and
Volunteers help distribute
Children’s ProgramsChildren’s Programs
Local botanical garden offers space
Plant Parts We Eat, How Birds Make a Living
and The Great Pumpkin Program, Story and
Stroll, 10 week summer program
Offered to low income schools with >50% on
free or reduced lunch, WIC families, Boy’s
and Girl’s Club
WNEP Nutrition Educator
Community EducationCommunity Education
Community Garden Conference
Held in February by UWEX Horticulture
Agent, Mike Maddox
All Community Partners invited to attend
Program and collaboration education
Local Community Garden Network
Community Education Classes
Accomplishment reports are available onlineAccomplishment reports are available online
Waukesha County GardensWaukesha County Gardens
Waukesha CountyWaukesha County
Pounds of produce harvested
Partners: Schools, Sheriff’s
Department, landlords, 4-H,
Nutrition Education, Horticulture,
Community Educators, Hispanic
Resource Center, Huber Staff,
Hospital, neighborhood residents,
Master Gardener Volunteers,
Oconto Community GardenOconto Community Garden
Family Living Educator – Food Preservation
Promote Master Gardeners to provide
gardening skills and support.
CAP Agency (NW Wisconsin Community Service Agency)
Lake Superior SHARE (Food buying Club)
United Way (Business and Service Clubs)
Brighter Futures (Prevention program for high risk youth)
Summer 2008 – Hunger Summit in 2008 – Interest in
gardening to increase fresh produce for food insecure
Spring 2009 – Community Garden started at Solid
Rock Men’s Shelter. (50’ x 125’)
Food used for community dinners (lunch and
dinner meals six days per week).
Food used for food pantries.
2010 – Activities around gardens
1. Plant a Row – Donations for food shelf.
2. Opportunities to donate seeds, plants and
canning and freezing supplies.
3. Food preservation classes
4. Garden skills classes – Master
2010 Results2010 Results
1. Hunger Coalition formed as a result of garden project.
2. Garden expansion
Harbor House Shelter
Methodist Church – Superior
Family Forum Early Head Start – Superior
Cooper School – Superior
Lake Nebagamon Church garden
Continuation of WIC garden
Poplar church gardens (1 – 38’x 16’ & 1 – 40’ x 16’)
1. Plans to continue and modify for 2011
Thank YouThank You
Grace Gee, Douglas County
Julie Gibes, Rock County
John Pinkart, Oconto County
Melinda Stuart, Waukesha County
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