9 Yes, I would like to continue to garden. I would grow chives, my favorite, carrots, peas, raspberries, strawberries, sunflowers; I think I might get chickens too. Not blueberries, I only like those with ice cream. -Marisol Llanos-Gomez, age 9
Riverview Gardens is a financially self-sustaining social enterprise, primarily focused on job-training for people in need, utilizing urban farming in a park setting.
Providing purposeful, dignity-building activity Making healthy food accessible Working with schools to help at-risk youth develop productive work ethics Change our community’s perceptions of people in need Providing transitional employment as people prepare for permanent employment Secondary Focal Points
Our community is faced with growing challenges: The number of people receiving food share benefits has more than doubled in the last 5 years (LIFE) The number of nonprofits has doubled since 2006 while available funding has remained stable (LIFE) Unemployment was the most common primary reason for homelessness in 2008-2010 (LIFE) The number of homeless individuals has risen by 48% since 2005 (LIFE) Why Riverview Gardens? Access to fresh local food is limited for low income people (RUDD Report) Riverview Gardens addresses all of these needs
Developing Our Space COMMUNITY CENTER Stone Cellar at Riverview Gardens Community Events Cooking Classes Bread Share Educational Workshops URBAN FARM Production areas… Hoop Houses Outdoor Gardens Food Forest (fruit/nut trees) Aquaponics Supplying produce for… Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Restaurants Institutions Farm Markets NATURAL PARK SPACE Native Prairie Picnic Areas Trails o Running/Walking o Mountain Biking o X-Country Skiing o Snowshoeing Open to the community for daytime use.
ServiceWorks ServiceWorks provides men and women in need or experiencing homelessness with transferable work skills. The program is designed to foster growth as a coworker, leader and community member through dedication to improvement in the following areas: Quality of Work Efficient Use of Time Relationships with Peers Relationships with Leaders
ServiceWorks Progress (Year to Date) # of Participants
Farmers bring an abundance of produce to farmers’ markets every summer Unsold produce can go to waste Connect local farmers with local food pantries by facilitating donations of fresh produce at the end of the farmer’s market Volunteers collect, box, and deliver produce to food pantry Shared Harvest
Individuals in need volunteer their time in return for a community supported agriculture (CSA) share. Requires the farmer to train and manage schedules With good training, WorkShare members contribute significantly to farm operations WorkShare
Cooking Classes Demonstrate how to use fresh, whole produce to create delicious meals Outline process of meal planning and budgeting Opportunities to collaborate: UW Extension, local culinary & nutrition program students, local chefs
Neighborhood Market Initiative Market stand on trailer can travel to any neighborhood Identify neighborhoods will low access to fresh produce Park in any legal parking space No license required for selling fresh fruits and vegetables Identify leaders in each neighborhood to promote program Collaborate with local groups to make weekly markets a neighborhood event