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Love is in the Veggies

A fun, cheerful book highlighting Emerald Street Urban Farm that makes you want to play outside and eat tomatoes straight off the vines!

Photo of Rachel Gucwa
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Love is in the Veggies

A radishing book sure to make your heart beet &                                                 give you something to celerybrate!                                                                 Written by: Rachel Gucwa

 

In North Philadelphia

down Emerald Street

lives the coolest little farmer

that you'll ever meet!

 

Luca the little farmer 

greets you with a smile

“Welcome to Emerald Street Urban Farm!

We hope you'll stay awhile!”

 

Under the El

where many old factories once stood

Emerald Street Urban Farm is the heart of

this city’s neighborhood.

 

At the farm we grow...

squash, carrots, kale, red, green, yellow tomatoes

sugar babies, cantaloupe, garlic, and even sweet potatoes!

Collards, chard, and eggplant, red, orange, and gold beets

Peppers, zucchinis, cucumbers, and other tasty treats!

 

Sharing food with neighbors

who become Luca's friends

Love is in the veggies

in this farm in East Kensington!

 

Luca's Nonni teaches us to cook

The food tastes even better

after we all hold hands and cheer

“It's good to be together!”

 

Come help us harvest

Help yourself to a bite

A garden of fresh veggies

be sure to bring an appetite!

 

Heaping bags of kale and greens

are packed up in tow

Sharing food with everybody 

is the only way to go!

 

There is such love in this community

you can feel it all around

love is in the veggies

growing from the ground.

 

So the next time you are in the neighborhood

and feel like saying hello

stop by Emerald Street Urban Farm

a safe place to learn, to love, to eat, to grow!

 

We leek you a lot

We've bean thinking you're quite grand

Love is in the veggies

peas lettuce celerybrate this land!

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

Both this book and this garden are about creating community, urban farming and food accessibility issues, and getting both children and adults excited about eating healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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Love is in the Veggies

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

Love is in the Veggies A radishing book sure to make your heart beet & give you something to celerybrate! Written by: Rachel Gucwa In North Philadelphia down Emerald Street lives the coolest little farmer that you'll ever meet! Luca the little farmer greets you with a smile “Welcome to Emerald Street Urban Farm! We hope you'll stay awhile!” Under the El where many old factories once stood Emerald Street Urban Farm is the heart of this city’s neighborhood. At the farm we grow... squash, carrots, kale, red, green, yellow tomatoes sugar babies, cantaloupe, garlic, and even sweet potatoes! Collards, chard, and eggplant, red, orange, and gold beets Peppers, zucchinis, cucumbers, and other tasty treats! Sharing food with neighbors who become Luca's friends Love is in the veggies in this farm in East Kensington! Luca's Nonni teaches us to cook The food tastes even better after we all hold hands and cheer “It's good to be together!” Come help us harvest Help yourself to a bite A garden of fresh veggies be sure to bring an appetite! Heaping bags of kale and greens are packed up in tow Sharing food with everybody is the only way to go! There is such love in this community you can feel it all around love is in the veggies growing from the ground. So the next time you are in the neighborhood and feel like saying hello stop by Emerald Street Urban Farm a safe place to learn, to love, to eat, to grow! We leek you a lot We've bean thinking you're quite grand Love is in the veggies peas lettuce celerybrate this land!

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

I have tried to make this book informed by early childhood language development research and evidence. There is a rhythm to the rhyming that makes it fun for children and care givers to read together. There's a silliness to the book that ideally makes kids laugh and look forward to being read this story. There is also messages in the book about the importance of building community, sharing resources, and eating healthy, ideas that are important to cultivate even at an early age.

Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)

I live in East Kensington, Philadelphia and I am a regular volunteer at Emerald Street Urban Farm.

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

I reflect the urban experience by using both the city, the neighborhood, and the garden's actual names, referring to the El, and encouraging neighbors to participate in this or any community gardening program in their area.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

PA

Location: City

Philadelphia

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a volunteer and a neighbor of Emerald Street Urban Farm. I have always loved both reading and writing children's books. The 250 word limit was challenging to me, but helped me better understand the guidelines for writing successful early intervention literacy works.

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

I would like this book to look cute and charming. Fun illustrations of vegetables, Luca the farmer in overalls, biting on a bit of hay, cheerful colors, kids of different ages and races playing in the garden together, maybe running through a sprinkler or all holding hands cheering "it's good to be together!" or any of the different aspects of gardening, adult neighbors of different ages and races working side by side in the garden, all set to the background of row houses and the El.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
  • I am/we are a Cooperative or Community-Owned Organization

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I love the real world experience this story connects to!

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