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Food security is a widespread issue globally. Lack of nutrition and calorie uptake are the largest contributors to malnutrition.
The Nino Garden, is a series of 4 individual 10 x 4 raised garden beds located at Carver Elementary School. It is planted in the fall and spring seasons with nutritious vegetables, leafy greens, legumes, and a handful of local flowering plants to support pollinators.
The location of this garden, Carver Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia, was chosen with the intention to make an impact in the surrounding community. Richmond is known to be a “food desert,” meaning there is little to no access to affordable and nutritious food within the community.
This was made to succeed by the efforts of our members, agricultural experts and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
The Nino Garden aims at providing supplemental nutrition for the homeless and under-served by encouraging environmental friendly habits in the Richmond Community.
๏ Connect environmental programs to education, food security, health, and the community. ๏ Utilize healthy food incentives during the harvest season.
๏ Serves as a replicable food access model for nutritious food.
1. Expose students to hands-on environmental health education
2. Enhance the curriculum by connecting lessons and activities to the natural world
3. Provide students with the opportunity to grow and eat fresh produce by encouraging environmental friendly habits
4. Shaping group norms that value a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable environment.
5. Developing the essential health skills necessary to adopt, practice, and maintain health-enhancing behaviors.
6. Offer parents an opportunity to participate in the program and engage with the school community