YEEHAW-Youth Empowerment Enhancing Health and Wellness
The Boys and Girls Club of Bandera County established a community garden in 2010 for purposes of youth gardening, education, healthy eating, and physical activity. Nursing students have been involved in the garden activities since the concept of the garden (January 2009) due to direct affiliation with the Boys and Girls club of nursing faculty living in Bandera. Graduate and undergraduate nursing students and community nutrition students have provided volunteer/community service/and nutrition and physical activity programs and public health students are now continuing with the program. Over the course of the 3 years since the garden has been operating, over 100 children and their families have been affected by outcomes from gardening...learning to cook with vegetables from the garden, taking home produce from the garden, and learning how to manage and sustain a garden at home. The garden provides the venue for obtaining fresh produce, getting physical activity through gardening activities, and teaching about healthy eating, cooking and exercise.
Currently, the garden is in need of bed maintenance. There are four vegetable garden beds and two herb garden beds. They are one layer deep and need at minimum one additional layer of concrete blocks along the perimeter and organic material inside each bed. This requires volunteer support to assist the club staff and youth to learn how to prepare beds for planting. It is a project that can be completed in time for planting of garden beds beginning in April 2014. The concrete blocks have been purchased with funds obtained from a local community organization. We need soil and compost for the lasagne layer beds.
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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