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Earth Day 2016

Source: Earth Day Network

Houston’s new urban farming project will provide fresh produce, farmer training, nutrition education, and community gathering space in historic Sunnyside.

The Board of Recipe for Success Foundation invites Houstonians to celebrate Earth Day 2016 at the official Groundbreaking for Hope Farms on April 22 at 10:00 AM.

Located on seven acres in the heart of Houston’s historic Sunnyside neighborhood, the new Hope Farms will use organic methods to generate significant food crops in the midst of one of the city’s largest food deserts, while training military veterans to become successful agri-entrepreneurs.

Hope Farms is a critical component in achieving Recipe for Success Foundation’s mission to change the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food and to mobilize the community to provide healthier diets for children.

Who:

Join Recipe for Success Founder Gracie Cavnar and team along with a number of VIPs that have been instrumental in creating Hope Farms. Those making remarks and/or available for interviews opportunities include:

Confirmed:

– Carl Salazar, Director of Veterans Affairs, City of Houston

– Wanda Adams, HISD Board of Trustees Wanda Adams

– Amanda Edwards, City Council Member

– Tracy Stephens, President-Sunnyside Civic Club

– Helen Bow, Assistant Vice President, Communications Wells Fargo & Major Donor

– Al Clay, owner Clay Development & Major Donor

– Glen Boudreaux, owner Jolie Vue Farms, Recipe for Success Board of Directors & Hope Farms Committee Chair

What: A celebration of Earth Day and official groundbreaking at Recipe for Success Foundation’s new Hope Farms.

Where: 10401 Scott Street, Houston, TX 77051 (At the new NE corner of Airport & Scott St)

When: Friday, April 22nd from 10 AM- 11 AM

More information on Hope Farms:

At Hope Farms, the Recipe for Success Foundation’s professional team will:

* Train new urban farmers and incubate new micro farm businesses

* Operate an on-site farm stand and Rolling Green Market to distribute produce to the neighborhood and throughout Houston;

* Provide jobs and internships for neighborhood youth;

* Host field trips and Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ programs for children and their families

Hope Farms will focus on recruiting U.S. Veterans as farmer trainees. In addition to sustainable horticulture, their training will include college-level courses in financial literacy, accounting, banking and business planning to create and support new entrepreneurs as they establish and grow their own enterprises.

Hope Farms will also host field trips for students to observe and participate in planting, cultivation, harvesting and preparation of fresh food and operate a full schedule of community events to celebrate local food and shared meals. Regular onsite programming will empower children and families with healthy cooking and gardening classes, and give youth access to micro business learning opportunities such as food production, marketing, sales and distribution.

In future years, Hope Farms Coop will provide access to equipment, branding and marketing, plus distribution of products to premium and wholesale buyers, CSA members, farm-to-school programs and farmers markets for farm members. The Farm to School program will also facilitate Farmers in Schools classroom presentations and field trips to Hope Farms Coop members for Houston school children.

About Recipe For Success:

Celebrating its tenth anniversary year, Recipe for Success Foundation is a non-profit 501C3 that focuses on combating childhood obesity by changing the way our children understand, appreciate and eat their food and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children, with programs that have empowered more than 30,000 children in Houston and beyond with the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthier lives. The Foundation works to create a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated, and celebrated. Through its award-winning efforts like the nationally offered Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ in schools, Eat It! Food Adventures children’s cookbooks, farmers marKIDS DAYS and the VegOut! 30-Day Challenge, and the Hope Farms urban agriculture project in Houston, the Foundation works to make healthy food appealing and available to everyone. For more information call 713-520-0443 or see http://www.recipe4success.org

Hope Farms Groundbreaking Earth Day was originally published on theboxhouston.com

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