Urban Roots is working to open a satellite gardening area on vacant land at the corner of 2nd and Gould Streets in a partnership with Renown Health. Read about how local kids are learning that winter gardening is alive and well in northern Nevada.
“At the heart of what we do is teach kids where their food comes from,” explains Urban Roots Executive Director Jeff Bryant. “If we can start with the youngsters and teach them good habits very early on, we will all be better for it.”
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Some local kids learned that winter gardening is alive and well in northern Nevada. They attended a week-long farm camp at Urban Roots, where the curriculum included learning where local food is grown; how to make natural dyes from food; and winter gardening tips. They also got to see two mama goats give birth to three female kids.
AmeriCorps members help to run the farm and conduct the camps and other educational programs.
The group is working to open a satellite gardening area on vacant land at the corner of 2nd and Gould Streets in a partnership with Renown Health.
“By working with Renown, we are building a new site which is more centralized and a lot more accessible for everyday families,” added Bryant.
Renown has already invested $100,000 into the property to prepare the space and $60,000 was granted to Urban Roots for the materials to build the urban teaching farm. In addition, Renown will make an annual investment of $120,000 to Urban Roots to help support and maintain the farm as well as the eight AmeriCorps volunteers who will oversee the site.
For more information about the community organization, visit the Urban Roots on the web.