Project - Harlem Grown

Harlem Grown - Education in Nutrition
www.harlemgrown.org/

Harlem Grown's approach to the challenges surrounding healthy food habits is unique in that they not only increase understanding and knowledge about nutrition, farming, and healthy eating amongst the youth they serve, but also strive to provide participants and their families with access to local, nutritious food through an urban agriculture facilities. Young people are taught how to grow their own food and use a "sweat equity" model to provide participants and their families with fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

The youth programming is comprised of four components - school partnerships, farm tours, Saturday enrichment, and summer camp - that work in tandem to reach and impact youth throughout the entire calendar year and engage through a variety of tactics and approaches. Provided is a series of meaningful experiences to lower-income Harlem residents through intensive school partnerships, camp, and weekly Saturday Enrichment program; while also reaching a wider youth population audience through educational tours and service projects, which are open to all New York City schools, as well as out of school programs.

The intent of the school garden programming is to expose students to human ecology, biology, health, nutrition and sustainability. Additionally, through daily interactions, mentoring, and modeling healthy behaviors, Harlem Grown impacts youth well beyond the food they choose to eat. Youth learn daily how healthy habits and behaviors impact their lives and future and grow their knowledge and curiosity about food, farming and beyond. Farming is uniquely designed to teach patience, responsibility, teamwork and appreciation for healthy, locally grown food.

Support for this program will go towards supporting one of Harlem Grown's 10 urban farming facilities, specifically the school garden at three of our partner schools: PS 154 Harriet Tubman School, PS 197 John B Russwurm School, and PS 318 Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School. The farms at PS 154 serves the entire school populations, roughly 650 students, but specifically engages the students in grades K-2 in Harlem Grown's Food & Farm Curriculum.

The objective with the Curriculum is to bridge hands-on urban agriculture and sustainability education in the garden with indoor nutrition and cooking lessons. Harlem Grown lessons are STEM-focused: Farming lessons include soil preservation, recycling/waste mitigation, and ecosystems and Food lessons focus on nutrition, cooking, culture and mathematics. Crops cultivated in Farm lessons are harvested and used for Food lessons. There is intent to connect the information gap between the students food experiences (fast foods and processed, packaged foods) to existing food systems. Overall, the aim to introduce fresh, healthy produce into their diets, emphasize importance of healthy eating and create long-term behavioral change.