Healthy eating is a vital part of healthy lifestyles. Not only do individuals need to have the knowledge about how to eat healthy, but their surroundings also need to support those choices. In some neighborhoods, the only access to food are corner stores and convenience stores.
Each year, Step ONE awards grants to applicants throughout Hamilton County who are interested in starting Teaching Garden Programs in their communities. The vision for the Teaching Garden Program is to create involvement and awareness to the connection between quality of diet and quality of health for children and their families. In addition, these gardens offer opportunities for people to learn valuable skills such as communication, responsibility, teamwork and leadership. These gardens are located throughout Hamilton County, and all applicants with a vision for improving nutrition and gardening education are considered.
To date, Step ONE has funded 62 teaching gardens. Locations include elementary, middle and high schools, Youth and Family Development Centers, childcare centers, churches, colleges, libraries and more.
If you are interested in learning more about the Step ONE Teaching Garden Grant program, please contact Renee Craig, Garden Grant Coordinator, at 423-209-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are accepted each year in August. See below to access the grant application:
Teaching Gardens Grant Application - Click here to access the grant application, deadline August 31, 2019.
As spring ends and summer begins, be on the lookout for a wide variety of fresh produce and other foods produced by the farmers in our region. Hamilton County is fortunate to have several farms and farmers markets providing these healthful locally grown products to our community.
Farmer's Market Resource Guide 2019