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Runninghead:HOPECOMMUNITYGARDENGRANTPROPOSAL

HopeCommunityGarden:
ProgramGrantProposal
AlexandraTracchio,CandaceEllery
GeorgiaSouthernUniversity

HOPECOMMUNITYGARDENGRANTPROPOSAL

HopeCommunityGarden:ProgramGrantProposal
Background/Rationale
ForestCovefacesmanychallenges
ForestCoveApartmentsisacommunityrestingwithintheneighborhoodof
ThomasvilleHeightslocatedinsoutheastAtlanta,Georgia.Thetotalpopulationis
approximately1,500registeredresidents(925children)andwithatotalof396units,
ForestCoveisthelargestSection8housingdevelopmentwithinthestate.
Unfortunately,thiscommunityhashighratesofbothpovertyandcrime,limited
resourcesandminimalaccesstohealthyfoodchoices.AlthoughtheUnitedStates
DepartmentofAgriculturedoesnotrecognizeForestCoveasafooddesert,we
believethecommunityisfoodinsecureasmanyoftheresidentsdonothaveaccessto
affordable,fresh,nutritiousfood.Thenearestfullservicegrocerystoreis0.9milesaway
andmanyoftheresidentsdonothavereliabletransportation.Researchsuggests
residentswhodonothaveaccesstoafullservicegrocerystorearemorelikelyto
spendtheirmoneyandfoodstampsatconveniencestoresonfoodthatislowin
nutritionalvalueandhighincaloriesduetothelackofavailablenutritiousfood(1).
Oftentimes,lackofaffordableandhealthyfoodaccessleadstonutrientdeficientdiets
andhigherrisksofobesityanddietrelateddiseasesincluding,butnotlimitedto,
diabetesandheartdisease.
TheAtlantaDreamCenterandMetroKidzMinistryismakingadifference
Overtheyears,MetroKidzandtheAtlantaDreamCenterhaveworkedhardto
developandcultivaterelationshipswithfamiliesandchildrenwithintheForestCove

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community.TheneighborhoodservesasaproactivelocationforAdoptABlock,oneof
theministriesoftheAtlantaDreamCenterwherevolunteersvisitonceaweekto
distributedonatedfoodandclothing,aswellasservethecommunity.Afterschool
tutoringisalsomadeavailableforelementaryagechildren.Despitetheseandother
programsandinitiatives,weunderstandthereisstillaneedforhealthylivingwhich
includeshealthyfoodandanengagementwithinthecommunity.Withtheinstitutionof
TheHopeIslandProject,propereducationandresources,webelievefoodinsecurity
andhungercanbedramaticallyreducedwithintheForestCovecommunity.
Healthyeatingmatters
Anutritiousandwellbalanceddietisessentialforahealthybodyandmind,
especiallyingrowingchildren.Inadditiontoreducingrisksofchronicdiseaseand
illness,anutritiousandwellbalanceddiethelpschildrenbetterfocusinschoolby
ensuringpositivecognitivedevelopmentandfunction,reducedabsencesinschoolas
relatedtosicknessandimprovedoveralltemperament(Venables,2016)(Chowdhury,
2011).
WithintheForestCoveCommunity,addictiontendstoconsumefamilyfinances
andthemajorityofouryoutharefacedwithcircumstancesoutsidetheircontrol.
Addictionplaguesalargepercentageofoursinglefamilyhomesandunfortunatelyit
maytaketheplaceofpropernutritionforthechildren.Ourgoalistoteachtheyouth
aboutpropernutritionastheygrowupandgivethemabetterunderstandingofhealthy
lifestylehabitstheycanpassdowntofuturegenerations.

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TheHopeIslandProjectwillprovideaplethoraofbenefitswhichcanbeplacedin
twomaincategories:Improvednutritionandimprovedenvironment.
Awellbalancedandnutritionaldietreinforcesanindividualmind,bodyandsoul.
Itstrengthensstudentacademicsbyincreasingfocusandconcentrationasevidenced
bybettergrades.Inaddition,anindividualsdemeanorcanbedirectlyrelatedtotheir
diet(Venables,2016)(Chowdhury,2011).
Thequalityofanindividualsphysicalhealthwillalsobeimproved.Thismaybe
shownaslesssickdaysatschoolorworkaswellaspreventionsforchronicdisease
andillnesssuchasobesity,heartdisease,anddiabetes.Byprovidingaffordableaccess
tofruitsandvegetables,acommunitysoverallhealthmaybeimproved.
TheHopeIslandProject
TheHopeIslandProjectisaninitiativetodecreasefoodinsecuritywithinthe
communityofForestCovebyeducatingtheyouthandadultsinhealthyeatingand
living,improvingtheatmosphere,andenrichingtheForestCovecommunityandits
youthbyprovidingsafe,reliableandnutritiousfoods.TheHopeIslandProjectconsists
ofthreePhases:1.HopeCommunityGarden,2.Foodpantry,and3.Full
demonstrationkitchen.Eachphasehasatimelinegoalofwhenitwillbeinstitutedas
wellasfacilities,labor,suppliesandresourcesspecifictoeachone.
TheProjectissettouseavacantareaofland(approximately3.5acres)inthe
middleoftheForestCoveCommunity.ThislandnowcalledHopeIslandwasonce
overgrownwithweedsandtallgrassesandvisibilitywasverylow.Itwasanarea
lendingtovariousillegalactivitiesandcrime.

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SinceMarch2015,HopeIslandcommunitycleanupshavebeenunderwayand
over1200bagsoftrashhavebeenremovedfromthesite.Weedsandtallgrassesand
plantswhichonceconsumedtheareahavebeencutbackcontributingtoincreased
visibilityandoverallsafety.Ourfrequentpresenceonsitehasalreadychangedthe
atmospherepositivelyofHopeIslandandForestCove.
HopeCommunityGardenPhaseI
TheinitialphaseofTheHopeIslandProjectisHopeCommunityGarden.The
gardenwillbeanonprofitcommunityyoutheducationalgardenunderTheAtlanta
DreamCenterandMetroKidz.HopeCommunityGardenwillgrowanassortmentof
vegetables,fruitsandherbsaswellasflowers.Inadditiontobeingagatewaytobattling
foodinsecurity,thegardenwillserveprimarilyasaneducationaltoolforyouthwithinthe
community.
HopeCommunityGardenFacilities
TheestablishmentoftheHopeCommunityGardenwillbeautifythearea.The
CommunityGardenwillprovideaplaceofretreattoresidents,enhanceanew
appreciationforlivingthingsandassistinrestoringoxygenandreducingairpollution.It
mayalsoincreasethesenseofcommunityownership,facilitateanewidentitywithinthe
communityandbuildleadersintheyouthofForestCove.Itissuggestedgardening
helpsserveasastressoutletforindividualsaswell(Blair,2009).
HopeCommunityGardenLabor
HopeCommunityGardenwillrequirethehandsandfeetofmanypeoplefrom
themanagementteamtothegardenlaborteam.Therewillneedtobeasteadysource

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ofvolunteerstomaintainthegarden.BeginninginFall2016,itisourhopetohaveHope
IslandandHopeCommunityGardenaddedasanAdoptABlockwherevolunteerswill
visiteachSaturdaymorningforafewhoursofgeneralmaintenanceandcleanup.
HopeCommunityGardenSupplies
Thegardenwillsupplymanybenefits.Onesuchwayisthroughengagingthe
youthbywayofHopeYouthGardenClub.HopeYouthGardenClubwillserveasan
afterschoolenrichmentprogramforyouthatallagelevelskindergartenthroughhigh
school.TheHopeYouthGardenClubwillseektointroducegardening,lendtoyouth
recognizingthedifferenceinvegetables,fruits,herbsandflowers,allwhileenforcingthe
importanceofhealthyeatingandliving.AdmissionintotheGardenClubwillcoincide
withMetroKidztutoringandmentoringprogram.
Thegardenwillgrowavarietyofproductseachseasonincluding,butnotlimited
to:basil,sage,parsley,rosemary,leafygreens,broccoli,carrots,cucumbers,spinach,
berries,tomatoesandseasonalflowers.Therewillbeastandardbaseofvegetables
andfruitthatcontinueseachseason.Tocreatevariety,additionalnewfruitsand
vegetableswillbeintroducedandchangedouteachgrowingseasonfortheyouthto
learn.Othercropswillbeaddedtothegardenbasedondemandandcontributions.
ItistheintentionforHopeCommunityGardentouseorganicgrowingmethods
foritscropsandtomeetallorganiccriteriabyFall2019.Inaddition,organicpest
managementpracticessuchasbiologicalpestcontrolwillbeimplementedandusedin
ordertokeepcropshappyandhealthy.Throughorganicpractices,HopeCommunity

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Gardenwillseektoeliminateitscarbonfootprintandcreateahealthy,sustainable
environmentforthecropsandthecommunitysyouth.
Eventually,thefoodgrowninHopeCommunityGardenwillsupplythe
vegetablesandfruitsneededinPhaseTwoofTheHopeIslandProject:FoodPantry.
HopeCommunityGardenResourcesNeeded
HopeCommunityGardenhasphysicalresourcerequirementswhicharecategorized
into:building,tools,supplies,utilitiesandotherstructures.
1.Buildingresourcesincludeastorageshedtoholdallthegardeningand
maintenancetoolsusedinthegarden.Apergolacanopywillstandabove
picnictablestoprovideshadingandseating.
2.Severaltoolsarerequiredinagardenforgardeningandmaintenance.
Shovels,hoses,spraynozzles,gloves,handrakes,shears,trowel,hand
pruner,handweeders,scissorsandrakesaresometonameafew.
Maintenancetoolsincludevarioushandtoolssuchashammers,screwdrivers,
wrenchesandpowertoolswhichincludesawsanddrills.
3.Therearemanysuppliesneededinthegardensuchassoil,compost,
fertilizers,andseeds.
4.Anirrigationsystemisnecessaryforwateringcropsaswellasforthesink
for washing.Electricityandlightingwillbeneededforthestorageshedas
wellasfortheperimeterofthegarden.
5.Otherstructuresincluderaisedbedssincethesoilisnotoptimalforgrowing
purposes.Thegardenwillbesurroundedbyafencewithalockedgate.

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Supplies/Resources

Price

BuildingResourceslikestorage
sheds

$1,000

GardeningTools

$700

Gardeningsupplieslikesoil,seeds,
etc

$900

Irrigationsystem

$3,000

Raisedbeds&Fence

$1,500

Maintenance

$2,000/year

NeedsAssessment
Duringthegardeningsessionswewanttonotonlygivethesekidsasafeandfun
environmentbutwealsowanttobeabletoteachthemabouthealthyfoods.Wewant
themtolearnfirsthandhowgardeningworksandthebenefitsofit.Wealsowantthem
tobeabletolearnabouthealthyoptionslikefruitsandvegetables.Thatiswhywewant
tobeabletoprovideapreandposttesttoquizthesekidstoevaluatenotonlythe
successoftheprogrambutwhatthekidshavegainedfromit.

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Preandposttest
1. Whatcolor(s)arepotatoes?

a.Brown

b.red

c.yellow

d.Purple
e.alloftheabove
2.Whatvegetableisafloweranda
green?
a. Greenbeans
b. Cucumber
c. Broccoli
d. Asparagus

4.Spinachandlettuceareexamplesof
___?
a. Rootvegetables
b. Leafyvegetables
c. Fruitvegetables
d. Saladvegetables
5.Wherecanwegrowvegetablesifwe
liveinabuildingwithnobackyard?
a. Wecanplantvegetablesinpots
b. Itisnotpossibletoplant
vegetablesbecausethereisno
space
c. Besidesthebusystreets

3.Rootvegetablessuchascarrots,

radishes,andturnipsgrowinwhatpartof
thesoil?
a. Underthesoil
b. Ontopofthesoil
c. Theygrowinwater
d. Theyareplantedhangingintheair

Budget
Asstatedpreviously,HopeCommunityGardenrequiresmanyphysical
resourcesincluding,butnotlimitedto:astorageshedtoholdgardeningand
maintenancetoolsusedinthegarden,apergolacanopytostandabovepicnictables
providingshadingandseating,severaltoolsforgardeningandmaintenance,soil,
compost,fertilizers,seeds,anirrigationsystem,asinkforwashingproduce,electricity
andlighting,raisedbedstructures,andafencewithalockedgate.Itisanticipatedthe
storageshed,fenceandirrigationsystemwillmakeupthemajorityofthebudget.
Estimatedpricesfora8x10ftvinylstorageshedis$1,100.An8fttallwoodenfence

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panelmaybebudgetedforapproximately$200perpanel.Itisestimatedthetotalinitial
startofthegardenwillcostbetween$6,0007,000andcostapproximately$2,000to
maintainitannually.

Evaluation
Itisdifficulttoformallyevaluatethisprogramsincetherearemanycomponents.
OnewaytoassessthesuccessoftheHopeCommunityGardenwouldbetokeepa
signinsheetandtomonitorattendanceintheKidsGardenClub.

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LogicModelDevelopment
ProgramPlanningTemplateExercise3

Strategies(5)

HopeCommunityGardenPhase
I:

Thisgardenwillserveprimarily
asaneducationaltoolforyouth
withinthecommunityandwillgrow
anassortmentofvegetables,fruits
andherbsaswellasflowersto
battlefoodinsecurity.

Thegardenwillserveasan
afterschoolenrichmentprogram,
introducedifferentvegetables,
fruits,herbs,andflowers,and
enforcetheimportanceofhealthy
eatingandlivingforyouthatallage
levels.

Assumptions(6)

Researchsuggestsresidentswho
donothaveaccesstoafullservice
grocerystorearemorelikelyto
spendtheirmoneyandfoodstamps
atconveniencestoresonfoodthatis
lowinnutritionalvalueandhighin
caloriesduetothelackofavailable
nutritiousfood.

Oftentimes,lackofaffordableand
healthyfoodaccessleadstonutrient
deficientdietsandhigherrisksof
obesityanddietrelateddiseases
including,butnotlimitedto,diabetes
andheartdisease.

Weassumethatbybuildingthe
gardenitwillprovideasafe,
educationalenvironmentthatkidsof
allagesareabletogoto.Hopefully
bybuildingthegardenitwillreduce
thecrimeandpovertyratesofthis
community.

InfluentialFactors(4)

Manyoftheresidentsin
theForestGrove
communitydonothave
accesstoaffordable,
fresh,nutritiousfood.

Nearestfullservice
grocerystoreis0.9miles
away

ProblemsorIssue(1)

ForestGroveApartmentshas
highratesofbothpovertyand
crime,limitedresourcesand
minimalaccesstohealthyfood
choices.

DesiredResults(3)

Participationof
childrenatHope
CommunityGarden
willincreaseby30%
bytheendofthefirst
year.
Bytheendofthefirst
yearofthegrant
period,85%of
childrenthat

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Anutritiousandwell
CommunityNeeds/Assets(2)
balanceddiethelps
Childrenneedsafeenvironment
childrenbetterfocusin
forafterschoolactivities
schoolbyensuring

positivecognitive
developmentandfunction, Accesstohealthyfoodand
equalopportunityforlearning
reducedabsencesin

schoolasrelatedto

sicknessandimproved

overalltemperament

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participatedinthe
KidsGardenClubat
HopeCommunity
Gardenwillbeableto
identifyandnameat
least10vegetables
andhowtheyhelpour
bodies.
Bytheendofthethird
yearofthegrant
period,Hope
CommunityGarden
willproduceenough
vegetablestosustain
childparticipantsand
theirfamilies.

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