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Urban Harvest Community Gardens
Transcript of Urban Harvest Community Gardens
Who is Urban Harvest?
A non-profit serving the greater Houston area since 1994. Funding comes from foundations & membership.
We started as an effort to provide fresh food to low income communities.
Our first program was Community Gardens. We concentrate on the best growing practices for the Gulf Coast region.
The Education program started in 2003 for adults and at schools.
Our first farmers market opened in 2004, focusing on local agricultural products.
Today Urban Harvest consists of three programs:
Our largest annual fundraiser is the
Fruit Tree Sale
where we sell 5000 fruit trees every year.
Alabama Street Community Garden
Challenger 7 Garden
North Montrose Garden
Lamar High School Garden
First Ward Garden
Turning Point Community Garden
Meredith Community Garden
Westbury Community Garden
Dominican Sisters Community Garden
Donates over one
thousand pounds of
produce each year
from five 20’ x 5’
beds & nine fruit trees
City of Houston Community Garden
Levy Park Allotment Garden
Farmers markets are the number one source of locally grown food.
10 Years Ago – No Farmers Markets
Today – About 23
Eastside – Saturdays, 8am-noon and Sundays, 11am-3pm
City Hall – Wednesdays, 11am-2pm
Building a garden of vegetables, habitat plants, fruits and sometimes ponds
Teaching hands on TEKS related lessons that include nutrition, science, ecology and opportunities to work together as a team
Starting a Community/ School Garden Series
Growing Organic Vegetables Series
Backyard Orchard Series
Pathways to Successful Gardening Series
Hands on Constructing a Garden
Hands on Planting
For more information...
Types of Community Gardens
Harry Holmes Healthy Harvest Community Garden
Gregory Lincoln-Cultivated Classroom
How can you get involved?
What is a Community Garden?
It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or can be many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to "urban agriculture" where the produce is grown for a market.
The ACGA defines it as:
So...it can be a lot of things! But the most important is:
Community + Garden
Why a Community Garden?
•Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
•Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
•Stimulates Social Interaction
•Produces Nutritious Food
•Reduces Family Food Budgets
•Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
•Preserves Green Space
•Creates income opportunities and economic development
•Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
•Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
A food desert is any neighborhood where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain.
Over 22,000 residents live in Sunnyside, which is a little under 7 square miles.
There is ONE grocery store within Sunnyside.
In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.
Start your own community garden.
Urban Harvest offers our "How to Start a Community/ School Garden" every other month. It's a two part series class.
Visit community gardens to get ideas.
Start talking to people in your community, see if they want to start a garden.
Volunteer in a Community Garden.
There are over 100 gardens in Houston and all can use volunteers
Consider getting a group together of friends to volunteer with you!
Sign up for our community gardens e-newsletter to learn about volunteer events.
Become an Urban Harvest Community Gardens Committee Member
Monthly meetings at Urban Harvest
Coordinate the Harvest Celebration and Spring Fling
Act as a liaison for the community gardens and Urban Harvest
Spoke at civic clubs, health fairs, churches, and school PTO meetings.
Held weekly meetings at the garden site to create bylaws, get input on the garden design, and build the community interested in gardening.
We hold classes at the beginning of every growing season and have two garden workdays a month
Urban Harvest Affiliate Program
Part of Urban Harvest's mission is to support gardens in greater Houston that improve their communities. Urban Harvest's Affiliate Garden program offers resources for community gardens through a wide range of benefits:
Complimentary spots at our classes
Listing in the Garden Directory
Referral of individual and group volunteers
Free seeds at the Urban Harvest office and events
Access to our facebook group
The Community Gardens program is also offering monthly discussion groups on community engagement and volunteer retention.
Currently we are working on getting scales in every garden to weigh produce.