Minnesota Businesses Garden for Health

by Ray Ball | Apr 09, 2010
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Summary:

This is a introductory program that makes use of land and volunteer labor to bring food to local foodshelves, home delivered meal programs and schools. Providing healthy produce will cut the quantity of foods that deliver too much of the sugars and fats that help make so many Americans obese and those who do the gardening will get fun and useful exercise.
Corporate campuses and business parks have large stretches of irrigated lawns. This program would talk the owners and managers of these properties to set aside some of the lawns for employees in the buildings to garden, with the bulk of the produce to go to those in need. Video and written documentation would provide the basis for a web based instruction manual for starting similar gardens, as well as marketing, and show appreciation of those who took part or provided resources.
In the first 2 years the sites would be in and near the metro so that efficient tracking and testing would be possible. In future years the central staff of 2 or 3 would train groups on how to set up the gardens in regional trainings, and, raise and distribute needed resources.
Planning each garden would entail locating an appropriate site, locating utilities and irrigation lines before laying out the site and plan for site problems, discussions with employees to determine interest, arrange with the organizations who will receive the produce, arrange documentation and choose the type of produce that will be needed by the recipients.

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Ray

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Ball

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Ball

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United States, MN, Hennepin County

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Minnesota Businesses Garden for Health

Describe your idea

This is a introductory program that makes use of land and volunteer labor to bring food to local foodshelves, home delivered meal programs and schools. Providing healthy produce will cut the quantity of foods that deliver too much of the sugars and fats that help make so many Americans obese and those who do the gardening will get fun and useful exercise.
Corporate campuses and business parks have large stretches of irrigated lawns. This program would talk the owners and managers of these properties to set aside some of the lawns for employees in the buildings to garden, with the bulk of the produce to go to those in need. Video and written documentation would provide the basis for a web based instruction manual for starting similar gardens, as well as marketing, and show appreciation of those who took part or provided resources.
In the first 2 years the sites would be in and near the metro so that efficient tracking and testing would be possible. In future years the central staff of 2 or 3 would train groups on how to set up the gardens in regional trainings, and, raise and distribute needed resources.
Planning each garden would entail locating an appropriate site, locating utilities and irrigation lines before laying out the site and plan for site problems, discussions with employees to determine interest, arrange with the organizations who will receive the produce, arrange documentation and choose the type of produce that will be needed by the recipients.

How do you define your "community"?

Minnesota and beyond

Tell us how you think the issue of obesity is affecting your community

Heart and other health problems, less ability to get around in MN winters, less use of the outdoors and subsequently less income for outstate tourist business and a general shortening of lifespan

Why should your idea be selected?

It makes use of mostly volunteer time and donated resources to potentially provide healthy food to tens of thousands. The volunteers will get the satisfaction of doing something for others and get to know their coworkers outside of work. Businesses will have a more cohesive workgroup. Property managers with multiple tenants will have tenants with a stake in remaining at that location _ highly beneficial at a time with so much vacant commercial space. The foodshelves, home delivered meal programs and schools receiving the food will have better quality at much less cost. If the program includes recipes and instructional videos on the website the food users can learn how to improve their diet with the food being provided in ways that fit their situation. And if done well everyone can have a good time and feel they have done something useful for themselves and society, which makes it more likely they will continue to take part in like activities.

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