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22 Jan The Urban Garden Campaign: Growing a Better Future

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The Urban Garden Campaign: Growing a Better Future.. The College Greens

Picture this – you’re on-stage at an elementary school assembly, looking out at one hundred adorable, little, can-hardly-sit-still youngsters, and all eyes are on you.  You go through a ‘healthy diet’ program that you’ve been given – how fruits and veggies are important, how they should eat lots of colors, and how many servings of this or that they should get.  If you were to ask these one hundred children how many of them eat enough fruits and vegetables each day (and they were to answer accurately), how many hands would you see go up?  Maybe half?  …maybe only a third?

You would see two.  Only two out of every one hundred children eat enough fruits and vegetables.  This is particularly an issue in urban communities, where fresh produce may be limited for the community at large, and especially so for kids who typically don’t have a say about what goes on their plate.

But now picture this.  You’re leading a small group of children through an organic garden, where you can show them how to pick their own fruits and vegetables, have them taste the different colors, and teach them how to plant the seeds that will feed the garden’s future visitors.  You can show them that food, real food, doesn’t come from a package and isn’t grown in a grocery store aisle.  You can teach them the value of give-and-take through sustainable agriculture.  You can offer them the experience of food, and let them decide for themselves why whole, healthy foods are important to them.

Nutrition education in our schools needs to change – and we would love for you to help make it happen!  The Whole Kids Foundation, PACT, and Indiegogo have teamed up to build 100 Urban Gardens across America that will nourish our nation’s children with both the foods and the knowledge that fuel healthy futures.  We have only 39 days to raise $2500 for the children of KIPP Austin Communidad, a K-2 school located just outside the food deserts of Austin, Texas.  KIPP schools, through “Knowledge is Power Programming,” enroll children of underserved communities for free in order to prepare them for success in college and in life.  We cannot think of any better way to prepare these children for a healthy and happy life than by moving the classroom into the garden and offering them an intimate relationship with whole, plant based foods that will provide them with a lifelong source of energy, joy and health.

Here are the two ways you can help: (1) make a donation of any amount to support the children of KIPP Austin and help make their garden dreams a reality, and (2) help us spread the word about the Urban Garden project with a post on Facebook, Twitter, by email, or through word of mouth.  Let’s keep the conversation about nutrition education change in America’s schools going!  As a thank-you for your support, donors will receive some very cool, organic, ethically and sustainably produced clothing from PACT.

If you think back on the childhood experiences that have made you who you are today, we hope you’ll agree that the little things go a long way.  Whether it’s an idea, a value, or just a new favorite food, your support today will grow a garden that offers an endless number of gifts to countless children to come.

Help plant hope for a better future!

-The College Greens

To learn more about the campaign:

http://www.indiegogo.com/KIPPAustinComunidad/x/730558?c=home

To learn more about KIPP Austin Communidad:

http://www.kippaustin.org/schools/kipp-austin-comunidad

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The College Greens

The College Greens: Tara, Jenna, and Craig. Tara is a junior at Bucknell University, currently majoring in Education and minoring in Creative Writing, and planning to do a nutrition program upon graduation. Jenna is a sophomore attending Duquesne University, and she is studying to become a Physician Assistant. Both Tara and Jenna are certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through Dr.Campbell's eCornell program. Craig is a senior at Bucknell University. He is majoring in Chemistry and minoring in English, and is planning to go to medical school to become a pediatrician, where he hopes to incorporate lifestyle medicine in his practice.

  • http://twitter.com/Rebobkat Rebobkat Gockenstein

    I work for the school bus company that drives these children to school! I will surely donate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1551056794 Ami Mackey

    This is such a great program! Glad to help out. As an urban gardener myself I can’t tell you how important it is to share these ideals with kids. The benefits are unlimited!