Nurturing Healthy Food and Eating
N2N summer 2018 grantee Nurturing Roots grows food and knowledge in South Seattle
September 11, 2018
By Elaine Chu, Philanthropic Advisor
On Thursdays on Beacon Hill, a farm stand sells fresh produce to local residents. Run by Nurturing Roots, this nonprofit operation is more than a fruit and vegetable stand; it’s a community hub and resource.
One of our summer Neighbor to Neighbor grantees, Nurturing Roots educates community members about eating and cultivating healthy food, providing resources to support a healthier environment for youth and families in communities of color. They promote awareness about social justice and food, including how “food deserts,” areas without grocery stores and restaurants, tend to be concentrated in low-income areas or communities of color. Their hands-on training for youth and families includes growing food from seed to harvest, and sharing different ways to incorporate healthier food habits into daily life.
Nurturing Roots operates a series of garden plots where they grow food and herbs on Beacon Hill. In partnership with Africa Town, they facilitate classes like Herbs 101, where young people and families learn about growing and using over 15 herbs. During the last few classes, participants create their own recipe from ingredients in the garden and the surrounding environment. These workshops create a sense of pride for participants as they take home something farm-to-table to share with friends and families.
Nurturing Roots, which was founded in 2016 and primarily serves South Seattle, works with a local co-op program called ROAR (Roots Of All Roads) to bring fresh, affordable produce to the community market stand. Nurturing Roots also hosts farm tours and work days at its Beacon Hill plots, where residents can dig in the dirt to plant and harvest fresh produce. Their programs and activities aim to educate and engage people of all age groups and ethnic backgrounds.
Nurturing Roots’ programs have stimulated community conversation and engagement about food justice and providing healthy, local food options. Seattle Foundation’s N2N grant will help fund their series of community-building events that bring people together to learn and support each other in their journey to healthier eating.
For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/nurturingroots206, or contact Nyema Clark, executive director, at 206-402-9233.
Neighbor to Neighbor,