Community Gardens Nutriion at your Fingertips


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Community Gardens Nutriion at your Fingertips

  1. 1. Community Gardens Nutrition At Your Fingertips <ul><li>Tuesday, April 12, 2011 </li></ul>GPHA Annual Meeting
  2. 2. Have You Had Your Servings? <ul><li>This is how many members of our community get their servings of fruits and vegetables. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Aren’t We on the “Fresh Express?” <ul><li>Limited or no access </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of variety of fresh foods </li></ul><ul><li>Perception that = </li></ul>
  4. 4. What’s Going on in Clayton County..
  5. 5. What’s Going on in Clayton County…
  6. 6. What’s Going on in Clayton County..
  7. 7. Community Gardening <ul><li>Community gardening programs provide physical and social benefits to people and their surrounding neighborhoods. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How We Got Started <ul><li>Funding for the community gardens was awarded through the Nutrition and Physical Activity Demonstration Project </li></ul>
  9. 9. Purpose <ul><li>Promote the nutritional, social, environmental, and physical benefits of sustainable gardening. </li></ul><ul><li>Intended Outcome - A healthier community as a result of increased physical activity and access to fresh produce. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Benefits <ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides access to fresh and nutritious foods (too few fruits and veggies is a leading risk factor for premature death in Clayton County.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides physical and mental health benefits through exercise and recreation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduces the burden on family food budgets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides an avenue for social interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beautifies the neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environmental </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preserves green spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conserves resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes use of natural resources </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Our Objective <ul><li>To increase from zero to six, the number of community gardens in Clayton County by June 30, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Actual Result: Six community gardens developed in year one. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Garden Locations
  13. 13. Garden Locations <ul><li>Garden Site Locations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center (community/multi-plot) - 4 plots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charles Drew High School (school- based) - 2 raised beds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>J. Charley Griswell Senior Center (Seniors) - 4 plots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Build-A-Garden (Faith-Based) - 8 plots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clayton County Board of Health (Demonstration Garden) 6-raised beds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reynolds Nature Preserve/Flat Shoals Park (community/multi-plot) – 10 plots </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Partners <ul><li>Clayton County Extension Service </li></ul><ul><li>Clayton County Senior Services </li></ul><ul><li>Clayton County Parks and Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Local nurseries </li></ul><ul><li>State Farmers Market </li></ul>
  15. 15. Process <ul><li>Contracted with Extension Service </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduled a garden construction and planting day for each site </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduled education classes </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted garden tours and site visits </li></ul><ul><li>Harvested when appropriate </li></ul>
  16. 16. Community Gardens
  17. 17. Community Gardens (cont.)
  18. 18. Findings <ul><li>18 Master Gardeners participated in garden activities </li></ul><ul><li>122 garden participants </li></ul><ul><li>Approximate yield of 800-1000 pounds of produce </li></ul>
  19. 19. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Each site should have been furnished with a scale to determine what was yielded at each site. </li></ul><ul><li>More education/training should have been done in the beginning (proper watering schedule, soil nutrition, etc). </li></ul><ul><li>One Master Gardner/or gardening expert should have been assigned to each site for assistance and training. </li></ul><ul><li>Must have better communication </li></ul>
  20. 20. Blossom End Rot
  21. 21. Lesson Learned Ensure that the garden design is appropriate for the site.
  22. 22. Next Steps <ul><li>Continue work with the existing gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the initiative to Head Start and others who are interested </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the CCBOH demonstration garden. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Resources <ul><li>University of Georgia Extension Service </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>American Community Gardening Association </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  24. 24. Questions ??? <ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Contact Information <ul><li>Toy Scaife-Rooks </li></ul><ul><li>CCBOH Health Promotion Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(678) 610-7692 </li></ul>