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Nacaa community gardens2011

Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. Community garden outreach in Idaho grows local leaders, and “tons” of fresh food to share Agenbroad, A.L., Horticulture Ed A b d A L H ti lt Educator, University of Idaho Extension, Canyon County, 501 Main St., Caldwell, ID 83605 t U i it f Id h E t i C C t M i St C ld ll i l@ id h d ABSTRACT. Interest in community gardens is Fifty individuals attended the one-day April on the rise as more Idahoans struggle with conference, held both indoors and outside, at a unemployment, economic hardship and food faith-based community garden with an insecurity. Our urban Extension offices are outstanding conference facilities and food increasingly approached by individuals, faith- i i l h d b i di id l f i h pantry. A Attendees represented a diverse group d d di based groups and community organizations of youth and adults from thirteen Idaho requesting information and resources related to communities. A follow-up survey of conference starting or participating in community gardens. attendees in fall 2010 found that respondents In response, University of Idaho Extension had made significant progress in starting and horticulture educator Ariel Agenbroad sustaining garden projects in their communities successfully sought University of Idaho and inspiring success stories were shared. With Extension Critical Issues funding to present over 18% of residents now living below the Growing Together: a Treasure Valley Community poverty level in Canyon County, food insecurity Gardening Conference with Extension and is likely to continue. Community gardens of all community partners and advisors. With a hands- shapes and sizes will help to ease area hunger on approach to horticultural and leadership by improving nutrition among those gardening education, the conference gave participants or receiving food assistance during the summer opportunities to teach, learn, connect, months, and will build community cohesion, communicate and form relationships. collaboration and capacity.PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS: University of Idaho Extension educators, Idaho Master Gardener and Advanced Master OUTCOMES AND IMPACTS: Surveys collected at the conference indicated:Gardener Volunteers, Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Sustainable Community Connections of Boise, Farm Service Agency, Trinity Post-conference participation in community garden projects, 2010 · 100% of respondents found the information usefulCommunity Gardens, Inc., Global Gardens, Boise Urban Garden School, Boise Community Gardens, Idaho Food Bank, Zamzows’Garden and Pet Centers. Support came in many forms, from in-kind donations, keynote speakers and tour guides to door prizes. · 100% of respondents felt the conference met their educational/networking needs · 100% planned t make changes t community garden projects based on what they learned l d to k h to it d j t b d h t th l d · 100% increased awareness of available gardening resources from U of I Extension Follow up surveys conducted via indicated: · 92% of respondents had participated in a community garden project as an organizer, gardener, volunteer, advisor or donor; 84% for the first time · Projects included neighborhood, food pantry, entrepreneurial, refugee, church and school gardens in seven different communities across the greater Treasure Valley · Food grown in community gardens was enjoyed by thousands of gardeners, neighbors, volunteers, gardeners neighbors volunteers individuals, seniors, youth and families · Gleaning efforts collected leftover crops from cooperating farmers’ fields and redistributed produce Types of community garden projects in which participants were involved post-conference, 2010 to dozens of local charities and food banks. The amount of fresh produce grown, gleaned and donated by our participants through their projects topped ~90,000 pounds in 2010! And 92% plan on doing it again in 2011... Of special note were Dale and Sheila Anderson and Paulette Blaseg (pictured above), University of Idaho Master Gardeners in Canyon County who co-founded a nonprofit organization, Trinity Community Gardens, Inc., in 2010. They were responsible for growing, gleaning and distributing a staggering 76,000 pounds of produce through their ever-increasing network of gardens, cooperating farm partners, volunteers and emergency food providers.

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