Low Income Apartments - Gardens - Coaches - Community
Gardens in low income subsidized apartment with garden coaches.
There are hundreds of thousands of subsidized low income apartments throughout our country. Only a very small handful have gardens despite having plenty of land that is otherwise mowed and costs money to maintain.
The land is available.
These apartments house our low income children and their families face the common problem of buying poor quality food because that is what they know and can afford.
The children that live here are the most vulnerable.
It is time to make gardening a community way of life in our subsidized low income apartment communities. By using garden coaches to help children and adults learn the joy and benefits of gardening, we begin to improve upon quality of life for residents!...meeting and building friendships with neighbors, healthy food to supplement a small food budget, increased physical activity, getting outside into fresh air, sharing a bounty with a neighbor....
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Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?
Pre-school (Tots) 2-4
Elementary (Kids) 5-10
Middle school (Tweens) 11-13
High school (Teens) 14 -18
Young adults 18-21
Hurdles to success. Helping kids make smarter food choices comes with a variety of hurdles that have to be addressed in order for a design solution to be successful, which of these do you think that your Concept overcomes (tick all relevant boxes)?
Expense and Convenience
Lack of Knowledge