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We are pleased to announce that Project GROW at the Community Resource Center applied for and wasawarded a California Nutrition Net-work grant in the Winter of 2001.With this grant CRC nutrition educa-tion activities will be expanded be- yond the shelter and into schools and the community.
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75 children have participated inProject G.R.O.W. CRC staff, theExecutive Director and the Boardof Directors have all shown theirsupport by cooking, gardening,providing recipes, and praising theresults of clients’ work.Development of a collaborativeeffort between CRC and the localelementary school gardening
program is in progress. CRC’spartnership with the CarlsbadFarmers’ Market continues to bevery strong. Participating farmersprovide fresh fruits and vegetablesevery Wednesday, year round, tothe women and children residingin Libre and often to Bread Roomresidents.Project GROW’s evaluationprocess is currently beingcompleted. The preliminaryresults indicate that not only didthe women enjoy working in thegarden, but their self-esteem andself-confidence also improvedgreatly. The nutrition educationhad a significant effect on clientand family food choices,improved eating habits, andoverall self-sufficiency. Inaddition, the pride and ownershipwhich residents displayed grew asthe appearance of the sheltergrounds became more beautiful.
- Author: Traci Chester, February 2001
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squash. Hopefully it will beready to eat for Thanksgiving.Traci said she has a good recipe for squash.
Oct. 29 -
Today all the womenwent to the farmers’ market. It was fun to sample the things that they were selling. Yesterday weworked in the garden for about 2hours.
Dec. 11 -
We’ve been working inthe garden these past two weeks.We have been harvesting our vegetables and watering.
Jan. 28 -
We picked the rest of thelettuce and squash. We will start removing the dead plants in thebeginning of next month.
Feb. 11 -
The garden is just chillin - There hasn’t been a lot of vegetable production, I think it isthe end of the season.
Feb. 18 -
We went to Quail Botanical Gardens. It was sobeautiful. It was hard to believethat such a place could be right inthe middle of Encinitas.
Feb. 28 -
The garden is dormant now. In the beginning of springwe will plant our new garden. I’m looking forward to our springgarden.
May 2 -
Today we started our spring garden. We are going to plant bell peppers, green beans,tomatoes, jalapenos, and herbboxes.
May 24 -
Today we added tomatocages and lattice for the greenbeans to grow up. The gardenlooks great!
Jul. 31 -
Today was the first cooking class I went to. I’m soglad that the shelter helps uslearn about nutrition and cooking. I hope when I move out of here I can have my owngarden.
Aug. 18 -
We all went to the farmers’ market today. I wassurprised at how much stuff theyhad and how reasonably priced they are. This was my first timeto go to a market. It was reallyhot.
Aug. 29 -
My daughter and I worked in the garden for a coupleof hours today. We picked somelettuce, tomatoes, green bell peppers, and limes to make a fresh garden salad for dinner. I forgot to put sunscreen on my face so I got burnt.
Sept. 29 -
The kids painted rockstoday to add to the garden. Thelady bug rocks are the cutest. Wehad a senior volunteer come and help us paint with the children.
Oct. 24 -
We worked in thegarden today. The garden isbeginning to empty out. We hopeto get a few more weeks of harvesting. We did some weedingtoday.