Advance # 3021107
Improving nutrition and building community through gardening
Background / History
The Big Garden began in 2005 with a focus on growing nutritious food in East Omaha, an urban food desert with a diverse population, many of whom live at or below the poverty line. In 2009, the Big Garden expanded to include rural communities in Nebraska, and in 2011, the Garden expanded again to reach into Kansas.
The Big Garden has been responsive to a number of community needs, including:
1) Long distances between residents and sources of fresh food.
2) Lack of space for neighborhoods to create gardens.
Goals & Objectives
1) Continue to develop sustainable community gardens, with approximately twelve new sites each year.
2) Continue to relate to and provide training and resources to the existing network of Big Garden sites.
3) Develop key linkages between congregations and community partners in each neighborhood and community.
4) Grow nutritious food, teach basic nutrition and cooking skills, and train volunteers.
5) Build capacity at each site to increase sustainability and generate new programs.
1) Each site will have its own action plan, including start-up plans and annual sustainability measures.
2) Each site will recruit volunteers from the community to participate in decision-making related to the site and to help with the activities, including gardening and community engagement events.
3) Procure physical resources, including materials for raised beds, mulch, soil amendments, water barrels, tools, gloves, and plants.
4) Procure educational materials, including demonstration kitchen items, ingredients for meals, and curriculum for classes.
(a) Some of the most needy residents of the Omaha area will experience improved food security.
(b) Residents will have improved ability to grow their own food and prepare nutritious meals.
(c) Residents will have improved skills to establish food-based micro-businesses.
(a) Neighborhood residents will participate in Big Garden community vegetable gardens and grow their own food.
(b) Responsibility for gardens will shift from Big Garden staff to neighborhood residents within a three year period.
(c) Residents will complete classes and demonstrate ability to prepare healthy meals from garden produce.
(d) Participants will establish neighborhood based produce markets.
- Advocacy, Organizing, Grassroots, Campaigns, Networking
- Agriculture/Farming, Food Production/Processing, Environment/Sustainable Development
- Black/African Descent
- Community Development and Meeting Basic Needs
- Elderly/Older Adults/Aged/Senior Citizens
- Global Health
- Health & Nutrition Education, Hygiene, Nursing, Drugs, Diseases, Natural Medicines, Infant Mortality
- Hispanic or Latino
- Hunger and Meal Programs
- Materials or Land for Agriculture or Food Production
- Persons With Low-Income, Unemployed, or Poor
- Plants: Horticulture, Gardening, Agroforestry, Agroprocessing, Vegetables, Fruits, Irrigation
- Poverty Issues/Economic Justice
- Rural Health
- Rural Populations
- Rural Poverty
- Social Justice
- United States
- Urban Poverty
- Urban/Inner City Health
- Urban/Inner City Populations
- Youth and Young Adults