After hosting a workshop about the role of local food in sustainability, the City of Henderson will donate two galvanized community garden beds complete with edible plants and soil, two fruit trees and a vertical farming system from the Garden Tower project to the C.T. Sewell Elementary School gardening club to encourage students to learn about the food they eat.
Student members of the C.T. Sewell Elementary School gardening club will be on hand to work with the donated plants, beds and tower.
“C.T. Sewell Elementary School’s use of a school garden is a great example of integrating the need for locally grown food into the curriculum,” said Mayor Andy Hafen. “I am proud that this donation will help the school expand its garden and further the goals of this fantastic program. The City of Henderson is dedicated to sustainability and to helping all neighborhoods increase access to healthy and locally grown foods.”
The C.T. Sewell garden club teaches students all aspects of gardening, from planting to tending to harvesting. Students learn about ecology, water and life cycles, gardening tricks to help crops perform to their full potential and business plan creation for crops harvested. All of their hard work is rewarded with fresh produce that they sell at farmer’s market type fundraisers, as well as incorporate into the meals they enjoy at home and at school.
The gardens were part of a demonstration for a “Local Foods Local Places” workshop held in the city on Oct. 12 and 13. Henderson was one of 27 communities nationwide selected to participate in “Local Foods, Local Places,” a federal initiative that promotes neighborhood revitalization efforts and access to healthy, local food.
Residents, nonprofit leaders and citizens gathered at the Henderson Convention Center to explore food solutions. As part of the workshop, participants learned about other successful cities nationwide, potential food solutions such as school and community gardens, farmer’s market expansion efforts, healthy corner store initiatives and indoor agriculture options. Part of the process included demonstration projects and pilot programs.
Through this EPA funded program, Henderson now has a Downtown Action Plan aimed at addressing connectivity challenges and increasing fresh food access.
For more information about sustainability in Henderson, visit cityofhenderson.com.