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By Winnie Rubin, January 23, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Winnie Rubin

Urban GardenWhen I see the words urban gardening, I think sustainable, food security and local. Urban gardening is the important, and increasingly more necessary, practice of growing, harvesting, and distributing food within city communities. I’m working with two public schools in low-income areas of Jackson, Mississippi to build urban school gardens. There are not many outdoor markets or grocery stores that sell fresh produce there, making urban gardening all the more important!

GardeningI think it is crucial that students witness food’s entire growing process so they realize and appreciate that food does not magically appear in pre-packaged containers. Having gardens in urban areas encourages students to choose more wholesome foods over processed convenience snacks that could contribute to obesity. My goal for the urban gardens I work at is to provide hands-on cooking and gardening demonstrations with my students (and their caretakers) so they’ll understand where food comes from and how it reaches their dining tables. For instance, many children eat French fries but don’t know that potatoes come from the ground. One day, I hope to hear my students tell their parents, “Mom and Dad, let's grow some carrots!”

Urban gardeningBut I can’t do it alone, and this is where Whole Kids Foundation and PACT comes in. If you haven’t heard of PACT, you need to check it out! More than just a clothing company, they’re a group of dedicated individuals helping us change the world for the better. PACT helps fund great causes – PACTivist campaigns – and this time, they've partnered with Indiegogo and Whole Kids Foundation to help school gardens grow. My PACTivist campaign involves Dawson Elementary School. Check it out right here to see photos of happy kids tasting homemade ranch dressing and 3rd graders hard at work weeding their garden. To fully fund our garden, we have just about one month to raise $2,500 through digital fundraising. Sounds crazy, right? But with the help of PACT, I believe my PACTivist campaign can reach its goal. Thank you PACT, Whole Foods Foundation, and Indiegogo for giving me this wonderful opportunity! Is there an Urban Garden campaign in your city? Find out here!

 

 

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Ian Wolinsky says ...
Love this program as I am working with Apollo Middle School in Hollywood, Fl and would love to be a part of this program.. thanks
01/25/2013 10:59:48 AM CST
Marisa Procopio says ...
Hi Winnie--Congratulations on the wonderful work you do! Your comment about kids not knowing potatoes come out of the ground reminded me of a class I taught with little ones. I asked them where apples came from and they said, 'The store!' We have a lot of work to do, clearly; I'm passionate about sourcing food locally as well, and hope to argue as well as you do within my blog (below) Wishing you the best! mcproco.wordpress.com
01/30/2013 8:31:47 PM CST
Lisa says ...
I live in Birmingham Alabama. It doesn't look like there is a program here at the current time. Is one in the works or who might I contact for more information? It looks like a wonderful program!
01/31/2013 8:40:41 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LISA - You can find more info at http://www.indiegogo.com/partners/grdn.
02/01/2013 4:43:52 PM CST
Paula Riser says ...
I think this program is AWESOME! I am an avid shopper at Whole Foods Market! I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to see this program implemented at our school -Keidan Special Education Center in Detroit, MI !!!!! Our children with disabilities, like so many others, are precious jewels and their health is of major concern to me! We could use just a little help with our garden from the WHOLE KIDS FOOD Program.
06/02/2013 2:36:30 PM CDT