Houghton-Jones/Saginaw East-Central Neighborhood Association (HJ/SENA) Supporting Healthy Youth, Families, and Communities...
History & Mission <ul><li>HJ/SENA officially organized and incorporated as Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Task Force, Inc. in...
Programs & Activities <ul><li>HJ/SENA Resource Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>THRIFT STORE “Restored Treasures”  ($1 Sale!) ...
The “Big” Picture <ul><li>“ Food is our medium for achieving broader outcomes in community development and public health a...
The “Bottom Line” <ul><li>“ People who own property feel a sense of ownership in their future and their society. They stud...
Urban Farming Overview <ul><li>Goal: Provide healthy foods and good jobs while educating the community members. </li></ul>...
Why are Youth Farm Stands Important? <ul><li>&quot;More than 75% of children ages 6-11 do not eat the minimum of 3 serving...
Why are Youth Farm Stands Important? <ul><li>&quot;This epidemic increase in childhood overweight is particularly prevalen...
Why are Youth Farm Stands Important? <ul><li>The Michigan Economic Development Corporation warns that  diet-related health...
Why are Youth Farm Stands Important? <ul><li>From US Surgeon General:   Overweight and obesity are associated with heart d...
Same old song….? <ul><li>In Michigan, the number of children participating in free and reduced lunch programs has also gro...
Definition of Terms <ul><li>Food deserts  are large and isolated geographic areas that cluster that have no or distant gro...
 
 
Who cares about food security? <ul><li>Distance influences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How much we pay for food </li></ul></ul><...
Who cares about food security? <ul><li>In 2006, 35.5 million Americans lived in “food insecure households,” comprising 22....
Benefits of Urban Agriculture <ul><li>The production, processing and distribution of locally grown edible agricultural pro...
Youth Farm Stand Project Basics <ul><li>The initiative brings young people together to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience h...
Cultural Relevance through Art
Cultural Relevance through Art
Cultural Relevance through Art
Youth Farm Stand: Nutrition, Entrepreneurship & Gardening
Youth Farm Stand: Nutrition, Entrepreneurship & Gardening
Youth Farm Stand: Nutrition, Entrepreneurship & Gardening
Youth Farm Stand: Nutrition, Entrepreneurship & Gardening
Saginaw Urban Food Initiative
Green Cardinal Afterschool Program SVSU Environmental Sociology mentors & Houghton-Jones Youth  SVSU Greenhouses
Our Partners <ul><li>City of Saginaw & Saginaw Police Department </li></ul><ul><li>Saginaw Community Foundation & Heroes f...
“ Heart” work is Hard Work! <ul><li>Looking outside for support is good, but ALSO empowering from the inside is better </l...
<ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul><ul><li>For more info: </li></ul><ul><li>www.houghtonjones.org </li></ul>
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Houghton Jones Urban Ag

  1. 1. Houghton-Jones/Saginaw East-Central Neighborhood Association (HJ/SENA) Supporting Healthy Youth, Families, and Communities Presented by: Bakari M. McClendon, HJ/SENA President
  2. 2. History & Mission <ul><li>HJ/SENA officially organized and incorporated as Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Task Force, Inc. in the fall of 1992 as a 501©3 non-profit neighborhood improvement organization. </li></ul><ul><li>The mission of HJ/SENA is to foster a sense of community in the area and to empower the residents and stakeholders to restore the neighborhood to safety, beauty and comfort. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Programs & Activities <ul><li>HJ/SENA Resource Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>THRIFT STORE “Restored Treasures” ($1 Sale!) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All Around the Neighborhood Summer Day Camp </li></ul><ul><li>“ Saginaw Seedfolks” Youth Farm Stand </li></ul><ul><li>Neighborhood Watch / Block Club meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saginaw Police Dept. Community Policing Program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Saginaw Urban Food Initiative </li></ul>
  4. 4. The “Big” Picture <ul><li>“ Food is our medium for achieving broader outcomes in community development and public health and addressing disparities in opportunities and quality of life.” – Brahm Ahmadi </li></ul>
  5. 5. The “Bottom Line” <ul><li>“ People who own property feel a sense of ownership in their future and their society. They study, save, work, strive and vote. And people trapped in a culture of tenancy do not.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>– Henry Louis Gates, Jr. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Urban Farming Overview <ul><li>Goal: Provide healthy foods and good jobs while educating the community members. </li></ul><ul><li>Secure vacant/ abandoned lots from the Saginaw County Land Bank Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a network of lots-turned-gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Manage micro-farmers’ markets </li></ul><ul><li>Provide technical support for EBT/WIC/ Senior Project FRESH </li></ul><ul><li>Provide nutritional education </li></ul><ul><li>Establish year-round “good food” corner stores /retail locations to scale </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why are Youth Farm Stands Important? <ul><li>&quot;More than 75% of children ages 6-11 do not eat the minimum of 3 servings of vegetables or 2 servings of fruit daily.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why are Youth Farm Stands Important? <ul><li>&quot;This epidemic increase in childhood overweight is particularly prevalent among African American and Hispanic children, with more than 21% of these groups meeting the classification of overweight. It is estimated that about half of overweight school-agers and 70% of overweight teens will remain obese into adulthood.&quot; </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why are Youth Farm Stands Important? <ul><li>The Michigan Economic Development Corporation warns that diet-related healthcare costs -- $12.3 billion annually for cardiovascular diseases alone– are slowing economic growth and job creation in the state. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why are Youth Farm Stands Important? <ul><li>From US Surgeon General: Overweight and obesity are associated with heart disease, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, breathing problems, and psychological disorders, such as depression. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Same old song….? <ul><li>In Michigan, the number of children participating in free and reduced lunch programs has also grown. </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Census reports that “the only state in the nation where poverty actually increased was Michigan” (Roelofs, 2008b). </li></ul><ul><li>The average daily lunch program at the Eastside Soup Kitchen in Saginaw has increased by 80 diners over the past two years(Long, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>Antidotal evidence abounds of elderly who are forced to choose between prescription medicine or food and a growing movement toward self-sufficiency through backyard gardening. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Definition of Terms <ul><li>Food deserts are large and isolated geographic areas that cluster that have no or distant grocery stores (Gallagher) </li></ul><ul><li>Food Security is all persons in a community having access to culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate food through local, non-emergency sources at all times (Comm. Food Sec. Coalition) </li></ul>
  13. 15. Who cares about food security? <ul><li>Distance influences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How much we pay for food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The type of food we buy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In the city of Saginaw </li></ul><ul><ul><li>14.7 % of households do not have a car </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24.7% of families live in poverty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25.6% of people 21 to 64 reported a disability </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. Who cares about food security? <ul><li>In 2006, 35.5 million Americans lived in “food insecure households,” comprising 22.8 million adults and 12.6 million children. (United States Dept. of agriculture, economic research service, 2006 http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/FoodSecurity/trends.htm </li></ul><ul><li>“ Many in LMI communities are forced to patronize liquor stores selling Cheetos and Snickers—if they’re lucky maybe a potato or banana—all at 30-70 percent higher prices than regular stores.” (Brahm Ahmadi in terview. Feb 2008) </li></ul>
  15. 17. Benefits of Urban Agriculture <ul><li>The production, processing and distribution of locally grown edible agricultural products that will lead to an increase in food security and overall public health . CFSC </li></ul><ul><li>Urban agriculture is a major instrument against hunger and poverty . CFSC </li></ul><ul><li>The potential for food production is great, and dozens of model projects are demonstrating successfully that urban agriculture is both viable and necessary. CFSC </li></ul>
  16. 18. Youth Farm Stand Project Basics <ul><li>The initiative brings young people together to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience healthy food and their local food system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think and learn about nutrition and healthy food choices, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run a “green collar” business: selling healthy food via a farm stand </li></ul></ul>
  17. 19. Cultural Relevance through Art
  18. 20. Cultural Relevance through Art
  19. 21. Cultural Relevance through Art
  20. 22. Youth Farm Stand: Nutrition, Entrepreneurship & Gardening
  21. 23. Youth Farm Stand: Nutrition, Entrepreneurship & Gardening
  22. 24. Youth Farm Stand: Nutrition, Entrepreneurship & Gardening
  23. 25. Youth Farm Stand: Nutrition, Entrepreneurship & Gardening
  24. 26. Saginaw Urban Food Initiative
  25. 27. Green Cardinal Afterschool Program SVSU Environmental Sociology mentors & Houghton-Jones Youth SVSU Greenhouses
  26. 28. Our Partners <ul><li>City of Saginaw & Saginaw Police Department </li></ul><ul><li>Saginaw Community Foundation & Heroes for Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Dow Chemical Company </li></ul><ul><li>Saginaw County Land Bank </li></ul><ul><li>United Way of Saginaw County </li></ul><ul><li>Saginaw Valley State University </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan State University Extension </li></ul><ul><li>Good Neighbors’ Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic Worker Houses (Mustard Seed & Emmaus) </li></ul><ul><li>Houghton & Heavenrich Elementary Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Various Faith-Based & Human Service agencies </li></ul>
  27. 29. “ Heart” work is Hard Work! <ul><li>Looking outside for support is good, but ALSO empowering from the inside is better </li></ul><ul><li>“ Teach a woman to fish…” Parts I & II </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  28. 30. <ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul><ul><li>For more info: </li></ul><ul><li>www.houghtonjones.org </li></ul>

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