Support Zenger Farm outreach and wetland restoration programs.

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We addressed goal NA.3.4 by incorporating a field trip to the Farm for Springwater Commons’ children and youth. The participants toured Zenger Farm and learned from staff about sustainable gardening and healthy eating. NHA also coordinated with Zenger Farm to present at Springwater this fall about how to buy and prepare healthy foods on a budget.
Zenger Farm’s Community Chef Project, conducted with partial funding by an EPAP 2014 general grant, provided training and support to members of immigrant and ethnic communities to lead demonstrations and workshops celebrating their cultural food traditions. These events were held at neighborhood locations including schools, parks and farmers markets and provided an opportunity to share information about Zenger Farm with a wider audience. Six Community Chefs, representing 5 countries of origin, gained leadership skills and knowledge to promote Zenger Farm and healthy eating resources in the neighborhood. The project reached more than 1200 community members through demonstrations and 200 through workshops.
Wisdom of the Elders created a community-based habitat restoration project with interns and landscape professionals creating a master plan for native species and First Foods in a 50 ft. buffer between the wetlands and the garden area at Zenger Farm. In the spring, interns prepared the soil using a sheet mulching. In the fall, interns planted 500 trees, shrubs and plants.

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