North River Front Park Garden Summer Youth Program
The North River Front Summer Garden Program’s goal is to promote youth development, nutrition education, and environmental stewardship in low-income neighborhoods. We work with many community agencies to teach children how to grow and enjoy eating vegetables.
Our program affects a very diverse population, with many Hmong and Latino youth participating in the program. Over the years the program’s involvement with other community partners includes The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Longfellow Elementary School, and Western Dairyland’s Head Start.
The program will formally evaluate factors related to awareness of healthy eating, number of children participating, amount of vegetables grown, and preferences of children for consuming vegetables before and after the program. We’ve seen the knowledge the youth learn in the program spread to their peers and families.
Erin LaFaive, Horticulture Educator, and Wisconsin Nutrition Educators from the Eau Claire County UW-Extension will lead the garden program. Educators have developed partnerships throughout the Eau Claire community including Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteers; 4-H UW-Extension; The Boys and Girls Club; and various elementary and preschools.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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