Nathan B. Young Elementary is in a contest sponsored by Nature’s Path that allows them to win $10,000 cash and other prizes valued at an additional $15,000. Please go to Justmeans.com; vote for the school’s project and help them win these much needed dollars. More important, help Opa-Locka win a sustainable means of healthy nutrition.
Voting is free and only requires you to register online to vote. During a time of budgetary concerns and constraints for our public schools, this is an excellent way to help our children. Please vote and spread the word. Voting ends June 15 so there is no time to waste. Let’s help N.B. Young Elementary and the city of Opa-Locka win!
Opa-Locka Community Garden's Idea
The city of Opa-Locka, FL is a food desert in desperate need of a source of fresh produce for its residents. No supermarket chains are there, and the few stores that sell produce have an overpriced selection that is usually half-spoiled; nothing “certified organic” is to be found anywhere. Raymond Sands (principal of Nathan B. Young Elementary- NBY) approached the city of Opa-Locka to request an adjacent property for a butterfly garden and the entire community became inspired by the hope to turn it into a local source of organic food also.
The city agreed to allow Dr. Sands to use the 46’ x 96’ plot for a garden that would extend onto school property and be open to the community at large. This location will become the site of a farmer’s market where produce will be sold to help sustain the garden with additional funding. Both the garden and the market will have the ability to greatly offset, and potentially rid, the city of Opa-Locka’s branding as a “food desert.” In addition, the garden will be utilized by school members (students, teachers, parents and staff) to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) education into the curriculum.
For the past six months, second graders at NBY have taken part in “Plant a Thousand Gardens,” an initiative between The Education Fund and The Market Company that installed three raised garden beds with plants that included tomatoes, eggplants, sweet potatoes, basil, and rosemary. These gardens proved to be a valuable asset, providing educational and edible material for the school community while integrating the curriculum in language, math and science. The planned garden will extend these benefits to the entire student body and the community at large. [Read more…]
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· Nature’s Path Foods
· N.B. Young Elementary School
· Opa-Locka, Florida
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