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On this blog, we share regular updates about the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership between Extension's Children, Youth & Family Consortium and Bruce Vento Elementary School.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Growing Community Involvement

By: Nora Fox


Despite the gloomy weather, over 30 dedicated parents, community members, students, and staff gathered at Bruce Vento Elementary School a week and a half ago to discuss the garden's successes and areas for improvement.

Though this was the second event coordinated by Marnita's Table this year, the goal and design was much more intimate compared to the first. The first event, held this spring, was a much larger gathering of Bruce Vento families, staff, administration, and community partners that marked the kickoff of the community garden. The guest list for this most recent event was generated through those that had expressed interested in being part of the leadership group of the garden. You can read more about the first event here: Peppers! Cilantro! Potatoes! Oh My!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Giving Thanks for the Garden

By: Nora Fox

We just wrapped up our first garden committee meeting of the school year and are feeling so grateful for the dedication of the group and community members over the past ten months. The committee at Bruce Vento School began last winter and has been the driving force for the growth of the garden and its positive impact in both the school and surrounding neighborhood. The committee has over twenty members, including teachers, staff and administration from the school, project partners with Second Harvest Heartland, master gardeners from the Twin Cities, and faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota.

It felt fitting, given the recent change in season, to reflect on what worked well this first year and share what we were thankful for during this organic process. The group unanimously agreed the leadership and commitment of those involved in the garden was key to its success. Many of the members acknowledged the guidance and positive leadership of the school principal, Scott Masini, noting that without his permission and support, this wouldn’t be possible. And Masini’s response to this recognition? He was quick to say without the commitment of the committee and the staff to take on the planning and implementation of the garden, its success story would still be a distant dream.
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