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Rock County Community Garden Program 2010

  1. 1. Rock County, Wisconsin Community Garden Program<br />
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  3. 3. Overview<br />Introductions of Community Garden Crew<br />Food Security- why community gardens?(Mike)<br />Rock County Farm Community Garden<br />rental garden overview (Deb)<br />RECAP / HUBER Garden Program <br />2006-2009 (Jim)<br />2009-future (Barb)<br />Rock County Community Garden Network (Robin)<br />
  4. 4. Food Security<br />Food insecurity rate in Rock County is high <br />Unemployment (>10%)<br />
  5. 5. Food Security<br />GMO’s<br />Genetically Modified Organisms<br />Health impact?<br />Environmental impact?<br />
  6. 6. Food Security<br />Pesticide usage<br />
  7. 7. Food Security<br />Disease outbreaks<br />
  8. 8. Food Security<br />Food Desert<br />Areas of relative exclusion where people experience physical and economic barriers to accessing healthy food <br />
  9. 9. Food Security<br />Food miles<br />Distance food travels from farm to fork<br />Processed foods travel over 1300 miles<br />Fresh vegetables travel over 1500 miles<br />
  10. 10. Food Security<br />Biofuels<br />Contamination<br />E. coli<br />salmonella<br />Bioterrorism<br />
  11. 11. Recent trends<br />CGWA reports continued increased in vegetable garden<br />“Slow Food” movement<br />“Plant a Row” <br />Farm markets<br />Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)<br />Community gardens<br />
  12. 12. Community Garden History<br />Victory Gardens<br />WW I, WWII<br />US Gov’t asked citizens to plant gardens in order to support war effort.<br />Promoted to reduce pressure on public food supply<br />
  13. 13. Community Garden History<br />Victory Gardens (WWI, WWII)<br />“moral booster”<br />1943- 20 million gardens planted, nearly 1/3 of veggies consumed that year.<br />
  14. 14. Community Garden History<br />
  15. 15. Rock County Community Garden<br />Plot Rental Program<br />
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  26. 26. Rental Plots<br />~140, 20’x25’ plots<br />May 1-Oct 31<br />$25 per plot<br />Initial tilling and water provided<br />
  27. 27. Rental Plots<br />Why are you participating…?<br />Enjoy gardening (25)<br />Don’t have space at home (25)<br />Fun (28)<br />Exercise (24)<br />Save money (16)<br />Chance to raise own produce (28)<br />Enjoy meeting other gardeners (16)<br />
  28. 28. Rental Plots<br />How many people benefit…?<br />1-5 people (4)<br />6-10 (17)<br />11-20 (4)<br />Many shared with food pantries<br />
  29. 29. Rental Plots<br />How much money did you save…?<br />Less than $50 (6)<br />$50 to $100 (11)<br />$101 to $200 (7)<br />More than $200 (2)<br />Not sure (3)<br />
  30. 30. Rental Plots<br />On a scale of 1(low) to 5 (high), how important is the garden?<br />1 (0)<br />2 (0)<br />3 (1)<br />4 (9)<br />5 (19)<br />
  31. 31. Rental Plots<br />“… getting fresh vegetables that I know are chemical free.”<br />“… gardening connects all ages and incomes and creates community of sharers…”<br />“… fresh air, fresh produce…”<br />“… gives you the chance to work in the outdoors with your family and the satisfactions of growing your own produce…”<br />
  32. 32. Rental Plots<br />“… I feel with the cost of food rising a garden is a good way to provide for the family…”<br />“… it feels good to be able to have a garden…”<br />“… it is an important family activity that allows parents and kids to learn together…”<br />“… I enjoy working in the soil with my hands. It’s so rewarding to see the product of my work…”<br />
  33. 33. Rock County Farm Community Garden<br />RECAP / HUBER Garden Program<br />
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  35. 35. RECAP Garden Program<br />Started in 2006<br />USDA Grant (2006-2009)<br />
  36. 36. Initial Program Ideas<br />Teach gardening to jail inmates<br />MGV selected and hired to be garden educators<br />Nutrition education segment added later<br />In response to need to feed participants<br />Utilize harvest in kitchen to offset meal preparation costs<br />County went to caterer that year; produce not wanted by subcontractor<br />
  37. 37. What Really Happened<br />Program evolved into reinforcing life-skills development taught in RECAP.<br />Communication, following directions, team work, responsibility, success, etc.<br />Preparation for vocational placement.<br />Outside of green industry<br />Diversionary activity for when released.<br />Reduce recidivism <br />Produce donated to area food pantries (80%) and other county institutions (20%)<br />
  38. 38. Results<br />Over 30,000lbs has been donated<br />
  39. 39. Impact<br />"Getting out of unit and away from same four walls - keeps my mind occupied and not think of bad stuff." Steven.<br />“My wife and kids go to Echo [food pantry]. Even though I’m in here, I still feel like I’m providing for them.” Chip.<br />
  40. 40. Impact<br />“I need to be a good role model for my kids… I like that the garden gives back to the community…” Chris.<br />“I already know how to rototill… it’s now learning how to work with others.” Gary.<br />
  41. 41. Impact<br />“… vegetable soup really ain’t all that bad! I did not pick anything out of it and I ate it all. I would NEVER even try it had I been on the outside.” Tammy.<br />“There was noticeable improvement in attitude after the inmates ate the vegetable soup for lunch in the unit.” Lyle Yaun, RECAP Community Service Coordinator.<br />
  42. 42. Impact<br />“…before this, my idea of cooking was going through the drive thru at McDonalds." John. <br />“…I never knew where food came from. When I get out, I want to go to culinary school at [the tech-college]." Ebert. <br />
  43. 43. Impact<br />"I learned how to enjoy life's simple pleasures." Carlos.<br />“…I never had a garden before but would like to have one now that I know more.” Carl.<br />
  44. 44. Impact<br />“It’s good to actually do something positive with my life. It has showed me there is a lot more to life than drugs.” Josh.<br />
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  53. 53. RECAP / HUBER Garden<br />In 2009…<br />Expanded from 0.5 acres to 1.5 acres<br />HUBER participation began<br />WIC Farm Markets initiated<br />CFSW / Rock County Agriculture Fund Grant<br />Season extension / row covers<br />Compost bins<br />High tunnel<br />GOAL: to be self-sustaining<br />
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  71. 71. Rock County Community Garden Network<br />
  72. 72. Community Garden Network<br />UW-Extension and members of the Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association provide support, education, and networking opportunities to individuals and groups who facilitate independent community gardens in the county.<br />
  73. 73. Community Garden Network<br />Merrill Park (Beloit)<br />
  74. 74. Community Garden Network<br />Wilson Elementary School (Janesville)<br />
  75. 75. Community Garden Network<br />YWCA (Janesville)<br />
  76. 76. Community Garden Network<br />Milton (before)<br />
  77. 77. Community Garden Network<br />Milton (after)<br />
  78. 78. Community Garden Network<br />What we provide:<br />Collaboration with area vendors for seeds, transplants and other donations or discounted items. <br />Assistance with the creation and maintenance of the garden space, including  tilling, soil testing, and amendment recommendations. <br />Necessary participation waivers and statistical documentation sheets. <br />Support and information. <br />Access to grants (when available) and assistance in pursuing funding and donations. <br />In qualifying cases, a nutrition educator can provide an educational component to the garden. <br />
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  80. 80. Community Garden Network<br />What we ask of community garden partners:<br />Documented permission to host a garden in an appropriate location. <br />Qualified, dedicated liaison to coordinate garden efforts at the location <br />Reliable support from students, congregation, or community-base for the general work in the garden space. <br />Access to water and basic tools (shovel, hoe, hose, gloves, etc.) <br />Form a reasonable plan for utilization of product grown in the garden. <br />Willingness to document program, including photographs, participation numbers and demographics and amount of produce harvested and how utilized.  Share information with Rock Co. UWEX.  <br />Participation in meetings and education programs. <br />
  81. 81. Community Garden Network<br />Over 20,000# donated, to date.<br />
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  83. 83. Community Garden Q&A<br /><br />