Archbishop Howard School Outdoor Learning Center and Garden is part of the 100 Urban Gardens Initiative, a partnership between PACT, Whole Kids Foundation & Indiegogo to build 100 urban gardens across 100 cities in the US.
Because gardens produce healthier food. Only 2% of American children eat enough fruits and vegetables, and 1 in 3 American children born after 2000 is at risk for Type II diabetes. A garden is an introduction to the real, healthy food students and families need access to.
Because gardens can help fix America's nature deficit. With more than 80% of Americans living in cities and suburbs, we need to work harder than ever to teach the values of natural processes.
Because gardens are a living laboratory for education. Not just healthy food—a lesson on what producing healthy food requires. Not just exposure to nature—a way for children to literally harvest the fruits of their labor.
A True Seed Investment (customizable section for what gardens need)
For as little as $10, you can help a community reap all the benefits a garden has to offer. In just 39 days, we plan to raise $2500 per garden; to feed, teach, and inspire people in each of these 100 communities. Here are a few things our garden plans to do with your donations:
Archbishop Howard School (AHS) in collaboration with multiple community partners, wants to create a garden and greenspace landscaping in its new Covered Playground and Outdoor Learning Center Project. The project is designed to build community and contribute to a sustainable neighborhood. The AHS community, which has demonstrated a long history of action and commitment to environmental stewardship, healthy living and community building, took its most significant step toward creating a more sustainable school and community, when it raised funds and developed a Covered Playground area (completed in November 2011). The AHS project is an ambitious and innovative program designed to ensure that youth and families at AHS, in the Rose City neighborhood, and the broader community have access to outdoor learning, community gathering and recreational opportunities. The project is also designed to improve childhood learning and health through a whole systems approach to wellness. Areas of focus include cafeteria and school food environment, integrating garden-based and nutrition education into the classroom, and access to gardens and local destination farms.
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With every contribution to our garden, donors will receive organic, ethical perks from PACT. Our socks, undies, and t-shirts are produced to high standards of sustainability, with the comfiest organic materials we can find. You'll be giving out of the goodness of your heart, and in return you'll get PACT goodies. It's a win-win situation.