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Low Income Apartments - Gardens - Coaches - Community

Gardens in low income subsidized apartment with garden coaches.

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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
  • Peer Pressure
  • Lack of Knowledge

Evaluation results

6 evaluations so far

1. Food Knowledge - To what extent is this concept teaching people about food knowledge?

It's teaching people a great deal about food knowledge - 50%

It's teaching people a moderate deal about food knowledge - 33.3%

It's teaching people a little about food knowledge - 16.7%

It's not focused on food knowledge - 0%

2. Cooking - Is this concept focused on getting people to cook?

It's all about getting people to cook - 16.7%

It's moderately about getting people to cook - 16.7%

It's getting people to cook a little - 50%

It's not focused on cooking at all - 16.7%

3. Originality - How original is this idea?

This idea is extremely original - 33.3%

This idea is somewhat original - 16.7%

This idea has some originality about it - 50%

I have seen this idea before - 0%

4. Scalability - How scalable is this idea across communities and geographies?

This idea can be scaled across many communities and places - 50%

This idea can be scaled but needs some work - 16.7%

This idea will take a fair bit of work to scale - 33.3%

This idea cannot scale at all - 0%

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I think this idea uses the right lever to solve a big part of the identified problem.

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