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Adding Community Value to Gardens. Beth Hanna Hava Blair Nick Heckman. Welcome. Introductions Group Goals. Tallgrass Prairie. Organic CSA Farm. Community Gardens. Sugar Maple Woodland. Kids’ Garden. Troy Gardens. Trainings. Resources. Evaluation. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Adding Community Value to Gardens

Adding Community Value to GardensBeth HannaHava BlairNick Heckman

WelcomeIntroductions

Group Goals

Tallgrass PrairieOrganic CSA FarmCommunity GardensKids GardenSugar Maple WoodlandTroy Gardens

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TrainingsEvaluationResources4

Its interesting, salsa has everything in it that I didnt like, but I like it. I mean, it has onion, tomatoes, peppersbut it tastes good!

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9Yes, I would like to continue to garden. I would grow chives, my favorite, carrots, peas, raspberries, strawberries, sunflowers; I think I might get chickens too. Not blueberries, I only like those with ice cream. -Marisol Llanos-Gomez, age 99

Riverview Gardens is a financiallyself-sustaining social enterprise, primarily focused on job-training for people in need, utilizing urban farming in a park setting.

Providing purposeful, dignity-building activity Making healthy food accessible Working with schools to help at-risk youth develop productive work ethics Change our communitys perceptions of people in need Providing transitional employment as people prepare for permanent employmentSecondary Focal Points

Our community is faced with growing challenges: The number of people receiving food share benefits has more than doubled in the last 5 years (LIFE) The number of nonprofits has doubled since 2006 while available funding has remained stable (LIFE) Unemployment was the most common primary reason for homelessness in 2008-2010 (LIFE) The number of homeless individuals has risen by 48% since 2005 (LIFE)Why Riverview Gardens? Access to fresh local food is limited for low income people (RUDD Report)Riverview Gardens addresses all of these needs

Developing Our SpaceCOMMUNITY CENTERStone Cellar at Riverview GardensCommunity EventsCooking ClassesBread ShareEducational WorkshopsURBAN FARMProduction areasHoop HousesOutdoor GardensFood Forest (fruit/nut trees)Aquaponics

Supplying produce forCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA)RestaurantsInstitutionsFarm Markets

NATURAL PARK SPACENative PrairiePicnic AreasTrailsRunning/WalkingMountain BikingX-Country SkiingSnowshoeing

Open to the community for daytime use.

An Aerial View 15ServiceWorksServiceWorks provides men and women in need or experiencing homelessness with transferable work skills. The program is designed to foster growth as a coworker, leader and community member through dedication to improvement in the following areas:

Quality of Work Efficient Use of Time Relationships with Peers Relationships with Leaders

ServiceWorks Progress(Year to Date)# of Participants

ProgressUpdate(18 Months)

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Farmers bring an abundance of produce to farmers markets every summerUnsold produce can go to wasteConnect local farmers with local food pantries by facilitating donations of fresh produce at the end of the farmers marketVolunteers collect, box, and deliver produce to food pantry

Shared Harvest

Individuals in need volunteer their time in return for a community supported agriculture (CSA) share. Requires the farmer to train and manage schedulesWith good training, WorkShare members contribute significantly to farm operationsWorkShare

Cooking Classes

Demonstrate how to use fresh, whole produce to create delicious meals

Outline process of meal planning and budgeting

Opportunities to collaborate: UW Extension, local culinary & nutrition program students, local chefs

Neighborhood Market Initiative Market stand on trailer can travel to any neighborhood

Identify neighborhoods will low access to fresh produce

Park in any legal parking space

No license required for selling fresh fruits and vegetables

Identify leaders in each neighborhood to promote program

Collaborate with local groups to make weekly markets a neighborhood event

Hunger Task Force Has a Farm

Hunger Task Force Has a Farm

Milwaukee County Park System property

Operated by Hunger Task Force under a 30year lease with Milwaukee County Hunger Task Force Farm & Fish Hatchery

Our Farm Feeds the Hungry Free of Charge!Farm fresh produce is delivered free of charge to 81 pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters in Milwaukee County.

Our Farm Feeds the Hungry

25+ varieties of vegetablesProvides reliable source of fresh produce, including culturally appropriate food items1 million lbs 2013Farm Facts

4 OrchardsFarm Facts

Farm Facts

Farm Includes a GreenhouseFish Hatchery

The farm also includes a fish hatchery that is used to raise trout, sunfish, perch and bass . . . for transplant into Milwaukee County Park ponds for recreational fishing.Fish Hatchery Facts

It provides a reliable source of high quality produce to feed hungry people in Milwaukee County.Why does Hunger Task Force Operate the Farm?

opportunities for youth and adult education.Other Benefits of the Farm Include. . .

Nutrition Educationopportunities for youth and adult education.Other Benefits of the Farm Include. . .

The fish hatchery supports a recreational urban fishing experience.Hunger Task Force Farm & Fish Hatchery

Conserves one of the last significant open areas in Milwaukee County, including a rare example of an Oak Savanna.Hunger Task Force Farm & Fish Hatchery

www.hungertaskforce.org414-777-0483Maureen@hungertaskforce.orgFOR MORE INFORMATIONDiscussion Groups