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William Penn LOI

William Penn LOI

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William Penn Letter of Inquiry
Organization Information
Tax ID: 900627992Chipping Hill Micro FarmsHoward Brosius, Executive Director170 Meadowbrook DriveBox 3 Compartment 10Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006813-468-9558www.chippinghillmicrofarms.org
Background Information
Chipping Hills Micro Farms' (CHMF) mission is to combat childhood obesity in urban settingsby supporting and encouraging children to eat healthy while learning how sustainable agriculturerelates to their communities and environment. Since 2009 CHMF has been installing MicroFarms and growing vegetables in partnership with schools, daycares, and community centers.We became a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and expanded our efforts to teach childrenthroughout Philadelphia the connections between food, agricultural systems, and the naturalworld. Our programs teach children about growing food through direct interaction with the soil,herbs, flowers and vegetables. We pull and eat fresh greens directly from Micro Farms thechildren themselves have helped plant.At the heart of our lessons are innovative Micro Farms: cedar boxes equipped with light bulbsand controlled heating panels for year-round growing. They are miniature organic agriculturalsystems, and a proven method of teaching young kids how real food grows. They are true oasesin Philadelphia's vast food deserts, fighting the threat of disease posed by the fast food andprocessed snacks available at every street corner.CHMF currently produces food and offers garden and nutrition curriculum at seven Philadelphiadaycares and community organizations. Weekly tastings of salads and vegetables grown in our
 
Micro Farms occur at each of the sites to complement age appropriate lessons, which includegardening, agriculture, botany, and environmental studies. Sites city-wide have utilized CHMF'sprograms to great success. Due to consistent instruction (and delicious veggies), demand for ourMicro Farms and hands-on nutrition education has grown. Parents report that their kids now ask for our "celery boats" and lettuce wraps at home.
Total Revenue and Support:
total revenues from all sources, according to your most recent audit or financial statement (Format: $xxx,xxx)
2011: $55,0002012 to date: $47,500
Audit Year:
date of your most recent audit or financial statement 
 
Under $100,000 revenue not audit needed.
Program Area:
Children, Youth & Families: School Readiness
Fit Within Children, Youth & Families Priorities
 Briefly describe how your project fits within the Foundation priorities for CYF 
Our proposed project will impact day cares, preschools, and learning centers in low-incomeneighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. In the neighborhoods we are targeting, many childrenreceive their most significant meal of the day from convenience stores. This lack of nutritionleads not only to immediate fatigue, decreased attention spans, and depression, but diabetes,cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic disease. The nutrition a child receives duringthe critical transition from birth, through early and mid childhood affects their ability to focus,learn, and grow.Our programs deliver plentiful nutrition in the form of fresh produce, and equip early childhoodteachers, administrators, and guardians to continue preparing healthy meals and snacks. Thisincreases early childhood success in all areas of growth and learning, and prevents children fromentering elementary school with inhibited learning abilities.
 
We improve and strengthen early childhood nutrition education within existing daycares andpreschools by offering hands-on gardening and harvesting experiences; integrating freshvegetables into daily meal and snack time; and delivering nutrition education tools and trainingto early childhood teachers and administrators. We also improve nutrition in the home, sendingrecipes and newsletters to guardians, and inviting them to lessons and food demonstrations.Early childhood nutrition best practices become grounded in the community and perpetuated byits stakeholders.As we build a record of the results of our programs—their lasting impact on neighborhoods, andthe documented success rates of our children who are now in kindergarten through 2
nd
grade—we will advocate for increased state and federal funding for farm-to-school initiatives in earlychildcare. The daycares and preschools we work with will have a proven ability to implement aninnovative farm-to-school nutrition program, making them eligible for current and futurecompetitive funding opportunities. In this way, we are affecting systems change from the groundup, increasing public investment in early childcare in the neighborhoods that need it most.
Project Description
 Briefly describe your program work and its rationale (1-2 pages)
Direct experience with soil, gardens, and fresh produce has more affect on a child than abstractteaching about nutrition or the food pyramid. Children from all economic levels, and particularlythose living in impoverished urban sectors of Philadelphia, have little understanding of wherefood comes from. Food has become disassociated from the natural and agricultural systems thatproduce it. To many children, the food we eat comes from the store and is just “always there”.To date, 92% of children we've reached come from homes living at or below poverty levelincomes. Our proposed programs will continue to target these populations, spreading healthyeating habits and long-term disease prevention to low income families through their littlestmembers.OVERVIEWWe propose to bring year-round Farm to School programming to sixteen (16) daycare classes inlow-income neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia County. Each daycare will receive adedicated on-site Micro Farm growing a minimum of twelve (12) greens, herbs, and vegetablesnine (9) months out of the year. Each daycare will also receive twenty (20) 1.5 hour lessons

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