Abstract Title

Community/ School Garden

Abstract

We developed a community garden to enhance mental and physical health for residents and provide an opportunity to grow food while collaborating and building relationships within the community. The Walls Coalition surveyed community members in spring 2018 and began cleanup of an abandoned garden. The Coalition consists of KSU Community Based Public Health Practice class. This project brought together school, students, parents, neighbors, and the university to collaborate in creating a welcoming, vibrant, and sustainable community/school garden. The garden has numerous partners to help maintain interest, operations and expansion. Partnerships include the Office of Community Engaged Learning, the College of Public Health, and Public Health Student Alliance, Family and Community Services, City of Kent and Kent City Schools. These partners have committed to support the garden by providing interns and committees to meet the on-going needs of the garden. The gardeners are neighbors, teachers, students and members of the Kent State community. In addition to the new community, garden projects are underway to create a small school garden, a garden club and a Reduce Food Waste program. The smaller school garden will make it easier and safer for teachers and students to participate in frequent gardening.

Modified Abstract

A community garden enhances mental and physical health and provides an opportunity to grow food and build relationships. The Walls Coalition began cleanup and rebuilding of an abandoned garden in 2018. The Coalition is a collaboration between Walls Elementary School and the College of Public Health. This project brought together school, students, parents, neighbors, and the university to create a sustainable garden. The garden has numerous partners to help maintain operations. Partnerships include the Community Engaged Learning, College of Public Health, Public Health Student Alliance, Family and Community Services, City of Kent and Kent City Schools. The gardeners are neighbors, teachers, students and members of the Kent State community. In addition to the new community, garden projects are underway to create a small school garden, a garden club and a Reduce Food Waste program. The school garden creates a safe space for teachers and students to participate in gardening.

Research Category

Social Science/Education/Public Health

Author Information

Sheena HanlyFollow

Primary Author's Major

Public Health

Mentor #1 Information

Cindy

Widuck

Start Date

April 2019

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Community/ School Garden

We developed a community garden to enhance mental and physical health for residents and provide an opportunity to grow food while collaborating and building relationships within the community. The Walls Coalition surveyed community members in spring 2018 and began cleanup of an abandoned garden. The Coalition consists of KSU Community Based Public Health Practice class. This project brought together school, students, parents, neighbors, and the university to collaborate in creating a welcoming, vibrant, and sustainable community/school garden. The garden has numerous partners to help maintain interest, operations and expansion. Partnerships include the Office of Community Engaged Learning, the College of Public Health, and Public Health Student Alliance, Family and Community Services, City of Kent and Kent City Schools. These partners have committed to support the garden by providing interns and committees to meet the on-going needs of the garden. The gardeners are neighbors, teachers, students and members of the Kent State community. In addition to the new community, garden projects are underway to create a small school garden, a garden club and a Reduce Food Waste program. The smaller school garden will make it easier and safer for teachers and students to participate in frequent gardening.