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Sunshine Organic Community Garden and our Raised Bed Thrive


There’s been such tremendous progress at the Sunshine Organic Community Garden that it’s been hard to keep up since we celebrated the grand opening ((April 22).   Our raised bed is planted and already we’ve got okra and Everglades tomatoes and red-stemmed Malabar spinach on the rise!

El Sol Sunshine Garden

DSC0262020140318_193746Check out Alyssa’s great blog to follow all the exciting activity taking place  with our partner,  El Sol  Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center.

El Sol Sunshine Garden and Read a Recipe

The  children at El Sol are preparing for their garden plot, writng and reading about seedlings and potting soil.  Check out the photo of Chef Heather showing them plot #12, which is all theirs!

Westgate Children Visit the Public Library

imageThe children visited the Main Branch of the Public Library this week  and had a wonderful introduction (by Alyssa, head librarian,)  to all the library has to offer.     And it’s more than just computers!    There are  books to look at,  to read, and to take out.

First Session at Westgate Recreation Center

The first Read a Recipe session at Westgate Recreation Center was terrific.    The children all took to Chef Heather,  asking more and more questions as the session moved along.   They began with an introduction to the program, and then focused on the healthy snack that Heather brought for them.    Wheat germ and bananas.   Just ask one of those children  to tell you what fiber or potassium is!


Then it was to the garden……

The Partnerships Continue to Grow: Teachers College and the American Museum of Natural History


Kwanzaa 2013 at the American Museum of Natural History was outstanding. The number of attendees surely hit a record level, and the museum was rocking all afternoon. We were really delighted to be there again with our museum partner, and even more delighted to have our new partner from Teachers College/ Columbia University with us. Dr. Pam Koch, who is the Executive Director of the Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy, explored healthful nutrition with the children, focusing specifically on the foods associated with Kwanzaa. You couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable or enthusiastic partner. Our thanks to Pam for joining in the fun.

Check out Julie’s blog for the details about the day