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The Harvest Is The Best Teacher, Gayle Mallinger, Molly Kerby Jan 2017

The Harvest Is The Best Teacher, Gayle Mallinger, Molly Kerby

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As the national climate and attitudes toward local organic food progressed in the United States, farmers markets, school and community gardens, and campaigns to increase vegetable consumption among children and adolescents skyrocketed. Unfortunately, many communities are beginning to realize disparities exist in poverty-stricken neighborhoods in term of access to fresh produce, education, and food programs This narrative follows a community garden project over three years at the Boys & Girls Club in a semi-rural city in Kentucky. Participants prepared the garden site, planted seeds, and harvested vegetables as part of a Junior Master Gardener program in the afterschool and summer programs.


Cultivating Community: Experiences Of African Refugee Gardeners, Elizabeth Willenbrink Jan 2017

Cultivating Community: Experiences Of African Refugee Gardeners, Elizabeth Willenbrink

Student Research Conference Select Presentations

Past and present, community gardening has been used as a response to poverty, a way to supplement healthy foods, and a mechanism for community involvement. For thirteen refugee families living at the Housing Authority of Bowling Green, community gardening has become a way to recreate their traditional cult ure. Based on data collected through interviews during the summer of 2016, these refugee s identified gardening as a buffer against food insecurity, providing access to both healthy a nd culturally appropriate foods. Most importantly, the interviewees identified gardening as a mechanism for support and togetherness among the city’s refugee population ...