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Nutrition and Gardening Programs: A Way to Collaborate with Your Extension Colleagues and Your Community Nutrition and Gardening Programs: A Way to Collaborate with Your Extension Colleagues and Your Community Presentation Transcript

  • UW-Cooperative Extension Community Garden and Nutrition Programs Nourishing Our Community
  • Audience 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 partners?
  • Feedback 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 issue?
    • Have you had any negative response to the garden program?
  • Rock County
  • Rock County
  • Jail Garden Partners
  • WIC and Senior Farmer’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 vouchers
      • Excess produce is given to local food pantries with food handling, preservation and recipe handouts and
      • educational classes
      • Volunteers help distribute
  • Children’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
    • Horticulture Educator
    • WNEP Nutrition Educator
    • Education Volunteers
  • Community 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
  • Reports
    • Accomplishment reports are available online
    • http://fyi.uwex.edu/rockhort/tag/accomplishment-reports/
  • Waukesha County Gardens
  • Waukesha County
    • Pounds of produce harvested
    • annually =2,000(average)
    • Partners: Schools, Sheriff’s
    • Department, landlords, 4-H,
    • Nutrition Education, Horticulture,
    • Community Educators, Hispanic
    • Resource Center, Huber Staff,
    • Hospital, neighborhood residents,
    • Master Gardener Volunteers,
    • Channel 6
  •  
  • Oconto Community Garden
  • Seed Distribution Program Food Pantry OES Students, Families, Teachers District Wellness Plan WI Asso Of School Boards Conf. School Food Service School Board WNEP Learners WIC Prgm Extn Colleagues & Summer Interns Area Assistance on starting Cmmty Grdns Comm On Aging County Day Cares Cmmty Wellness Ptrnshp Parent Resource Center Public Health Dept Local Media Oconto Garden Club City of Oconto
  • Douglas County Garden Project
    • Extension Colleagues:
    • Family Living Educator – Food Preservation
    • Agriculture Educator
    • Promote Master Gardeners to provide
    • gardening skills and support.
    • Community Partners:
    • CAP Agency (NW Wisconsin Community Service Agency)
    • Lake Superior SHARE (Food buying Club)
    • United Way (Business and Service Clubs)
    • Second Harvest
    • Brighter Futures (Prevention program for high risk youth)
  • Process
    • Summer 2008 – Hunger Summit in 2008 – Interest in gardening to increase fresh produce for food insecure individuals.
    • 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
      • Plant a Row – Donations for food shelf.
      • Opportunities to donate seeds, plants and canning and freezing supplies.
      • Food preservation classes
      • Garden skills classes – Master Gardeners.
  • 2010 Results
    • Hunger Coalition formed as a result of garden project.
    • 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’)
    • Plans to continue and modify for 2011
  • Thank You
    • Grace Gee, Douglas County
    • Julie Gibes, Rock County
    • John Pinkart, Oconto County
    • Melinda Stuart, Waukesha County