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Natural Roots Foundation

Sustainable Youth Methodologies - SYM

BlueLine Group

on 11 September 2014

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Transcript of Natural Roots Foundation

Life Cycle
From school farm to student's table....
the Core
BlueLine Afterschool 2013
Natural Roots Foundation
...the Good Life.

Farm to Families
fresh food available and affordable in the food deserts of Philadelphia

Farm to Families
works with community-based organizations to address availability and affordability of fresh food in North Philadelphia, facilitating the purchase, packaging, and distribution of fresh, affordable weekly boxes of produce along with meat and eggs from local farmers.

food and nutrition education
, including food budgeting and shopping tips, basic food preparation,
cooking skills
, demonstrations and taste tests, aligned with the weekly boxes.
Leading policy change efforts to make fresh food available and affordable in the food deserts of Philadelphia.

Each week
Farm to Families
supplies North Philadelphia families with boxes of wholesome fresh produce or fruit at a cost of only $10 or $15. Boxes are packed with delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables, often valued at double the price. Additional fresh items including
local eggs, meat, and seafood
are also offered at affordable prices. Orders are taken one week in advance and cash, credit, and
SNAP benefits
are all accepted for payment.

In an innovative effort to target families who are at highest risk, we are collaborating with area health care providers who are writing “prescriptions” to the program for their patients. Initially launched at
St. Christopher’s Hosptial for Children
, the program has expanded to various health centers throughout North Philadelphia. Families may opt to order and pick up their boxes at either St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children or one of four additional distribution sites in the community.

Farm to Families
is open to all who
live, work or worship
in North Philadelphia with no income restrictions.
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Sustainable Project-Based Learning
Mentors seek to inspire participating youth to take responsibility for their future. We provide school age youth mentor support through project-based learning adventures. Participating youth and their guardians share life-changing, innovative educational experiences in literature, the visual and performing arts and the sustainable sciences. The Natural Roots Foundation continues to build well-rounded, more educationally centered youth equipped with the skills needed to make positive impact on the global community.
What is Sustainable Design?
Sustainable Agriculture with
n Agriculture Deserts
Goal: Make kitchen incubators the center of Healthy Eating Choices

1. Teach student to grow gardens in and around neighborhood schools to support school lunch program, healthy corner store products, and educate the people of the community on sustainable agriculture.

2. Establish indoor gardens at student's schools, community centers, places of worship, and corner stores where there is adequate space.

3. Educate youth on Sustainable Agriculture to promote a culture of healthy eating habits
regardless of economic situation.
E. Haines St.
Ogontz Ave.
Stenton Ave
Chew Ave.
E. Haines St.
Ogontz Ave.
Stenton Ave
Chew Ave.
Educational Benchmark #1 - Sustainable Food Curriculum
1.a. Develop curriculum to teach sustainability to high school students
1.b. Develop Sustainable Agriculture Program to grow food year-round
1.c. Use indoor Aquaculture & Hydroponic gardens as teaching tools
2.a. Train students to install sustainable grow systems at their after-school community centers & religious establishments
Educational Goal #2 - Sustainable Agriculture After School Program
1.d. Abundant harvest that allows students to purchase food from school
1.e. Grow Center that supports school's culinary arts & healthy lunch program
2.b. Enrich students in real world learning experience by empowering them to change the views towards sustainable eating habits with-in their community.
Educational Goal #3 - Healthy Eateries & Corner Store Products
3.a. Encourge students and members of the community to request healthy food choices in the corner stores they frequent.
2.c. Develop abundant Sustainable Agriculture program at religious establishments and community centers that allow members to purchase food directly from organization
HOW do We Make our schools the center of Healthy Eating Habits? Great IDEA..!
3.c. Empower students to establish healthy food corners located inside spiritual establishments, community centers, & at their favorite corner store.
#2 -
ethodologies included in After School & Faith-Based Programs to wrap youth in empowering blanket.
#1 - Sustainability agriculture as
Teaching Tool
to develop 21st century skills
#3 - Develop deeper cultural
connection with
corner stores

that support the healthy habits
of our young adults.
Make It Happen
Who's responsible for this?
How did we get here...?
Reflect on HIStory, Design OURstory.
Aggressive promotion of unhealthy items by food manufacturers?

Economic development patterns of the 1960's that favored suburbs over Urban Living due to buying power of Middle Class families?

Lower earning class of people not included in city's grand future planning?

Does healthy food even taste GOOD...?
Making it

Herron Playground
is a shining model of environmental sustainability. Located in South Philadelphia. During a storm, water would run off into the sewer, carrying with it pollutants and contributing to flooding. Now, concrete and asphalt have been replaced by plants and trees, porous safety surfaces, rain gardens, and a sound-muffling porous basketball court. This playground is now a more beautiful and greener public space that is loved by its neighbors.
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Lets turn our vacant lots into Sustainable space for all.
Eliminate Youth Hunger
Philadelphia Green
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
began life as a hydroponic lettuce farm, growing thirteen different varieties of lettuce and mustard greens for the restaurant trade. The hydroponics system has been replaced by high tunnels and container plantings and we continue to developing new ways to grow food on old land.
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Greensgrow Philadelphia Project
is a nursery, an incubator for initiatives, programs, ideas, and trials that are still growing. Projects are given a few years to flower, to reach a level of sustainability and productivity. They then are planted out on their own and contribute to our mission. Idea farm projects allow us to try out things like the Mobile Markets where we are bringing top quality local produce into under-served areas.
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Partner with city funded organizations to
stimulate growth

and awareness within agriculture deserts.
If you have a grocery store selling fresh, affordable, high-quality produce in your neighborhood, you might wonder why this issue so vital, but the 29.7 million Americans who live more than a mile from the nearest supermarket don’t have to wonder. They struggle to feed their families healthy foods – travelling great distances to the nearest supermarket, paying higher prices for lower-quality food at corner stores and suffering from higher rates of obesity and other chronic diet-related diseases.
Healthy Corner Stores Initiative
We have plenty
Room to Grow
The Philadelphia Orchard Project plants orchards in the city of Philadelphia that grow healthy food, green spaces and community food security.

POP works with community-based groups and volunteers to plan and plant orchards filled with useful and edible plants. POP provides the plants, trees, and training. Community organizations own, maintain, and harvest the orchards, expanding community-based food production. Orchards are planted in formerly vacant lots, community gardens, schoolyards, and other spaces, almost exclusively in low-wealth neighborhoods where people lack access to fresh fruit.
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Youth who live within food deserts can organize community organizations to bring solutions to hunger hot-spots surrounding schools, & community centers.
Alert!!! Food Desert
Faith-based organizations that student's attend can grow & provide healthy foods to their congregation. You worship well, you eat well.
Make It Happen
Where do we go from here...???
SYM Initiative
Youth that are awesome!!!
Student Centered Learning
Groups that
donate fruit trees.
3.b. Partner with Healthy Corner Stores program to increase food networks
Ms Pam Warhurst - www.ted.com
How we can eat our landscapes

The word on the street.....
Pam Warhurst
is the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, which advises on and implements forestry policy in Great Britain. She also cofounded Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership that encourages community engagement through local growing. Incredible Edible started small, with the planting of a few community herb gardens in Todmorden, and today has spin-offs in the U.S. and Japan. The community has started projects like
Every Egg Matters, which educates people on keeping chickens and encourages them to sell eggs to neighbors, and uses a 'Chicken Map' to connect consumers and farmers.
Incredible Edible Todmorden empowers ordinary people to take control of their communities through active civic engagement.

"I wondered if it was possible to take a town like Todmorden and focus on local food to re-engage people with the planet we live on, create the sort of shifts in behaviour we need to live within the resources we have, stop us thinking like disempowered victims and to start taking responsibility for our own futures."
Pam Warhurst
Case Studys
what if ?
Adaptable Classroom : Education
Aquaponics Greenhouse - 120ft
Adaptable Classroom : Education
Food Deserts
Case Studys
Case Studys
Case Studys
Case Studys
ethodologies :
SYM Initiative
St. Francis de Sales School
Sustainable Youth Methodologies : SYM
Food Education in food desert.
Food Education in food desert.

A.] Sustainable Communities Program
A.1] Sustainable Agriculture Program
A.2] Corporate & Adult Mentors
A.3] A Fun Perspective

B.] Mountain Bike Program
B.1] Bicycle Signs & Safety
B.2] Bicycle History & Trivia
B.3] State Park Trails

C.] Electric ATV/Dirt Bike Program

D.] Fishing Program

E.] Art & Science – Philadelphia Day Camp Programs
E.1] Day Camp A – Benjamin Franklin Parkway Tour
E.2] Day Camp B – The Mural Love Letter
E.3] Day Camp C – Outside the Box
E.4] Day Camp D – Waterfront Tour
E.5] Day Camp E – Markets and Culture

F.] Day Camp Objectives

G.] Computer Table Program
G.1] Standardized Test Prep Program
G.2] SAT/ACT Test Prep Program
G.3] Core Academics Online Tutor Program

H.] Photography Program
H.1] Philadelphia Photo Book Project
H.2] LiveArt Photography Project

I.] Writing Program

J.] Sustainability Program
J.1] Indoor Garden Program
J.2] Green Space Initiative
J.3] Health Eating Initiative

J.] Program Budgets
J.1] The Outdoor Classroom Program
J.2] Mountain Bike Program
J.3] Electric ATV/Dirt Bike Program
J.4] Fishing Program
J.5] Art & Science Day Camp Programs
J.6] Computer Table Program
J.7] Photography Program
J.8] Writing Program

K.] Key Points
Thesis Statement:
Although there have been great components put in place that work together towards the elimination of food deserts through the construction of new supermarkets and healthy choices made available in corner stores of underserved areas, a variable still missing from this equation is healthy food education provided to young people by their schools. When food consciousness is included in young people’s intellectual development, perceptions of food are directed towards eating healthy, cooking healthy, and the passing of those healthy sustaining traits and recipes to future generations.

Problem #1
How can we develop community based solutions to remedy agricultural deserts?

Problem #2
How can we develop sufficient non-sports, afterschool programming to help at-risk youth invest their downtime constructively, in a safe, nurturing, and educational enriched environment.

Deliverable #1
Sustainable Youth Methodologies Initiative
Education: Aquaponic Indoor Gardens
Systems of Study: Aquaculture + Hydroponics = Aquaponics
Funding: Sell of Organic Produce, Salad Dressings, Ingredients for Healthy Snacks
Location: Charter Schools, Community Centers, Places of Worship, Incubator Location

Deliverable #2
Kitchen Incubator
Education: Cooking Academy - Afterschool Program
Systems: Healthy Snacks made/sold by vending machines
Funding: Commercial Rentals, Vending of Healthy Snacks
Location: Store Front Kitchen Incubator
2013/2014 NRF Program Calendar
Aquaponics Greenhouse
Who's your mentor?

Sustainability by design meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of the Earth’s supporting eco-systems.

Sustainable Youth Methodologies (S.Y.M.) equip young people with technologies that support the complete learner to develop an early-on understanding of what it takes to maintain a life of social and economical stability.
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