A hardworking team of volunteers from Goldman Sachs helped Longview install new fencing to house our flock of Shetland sheep. The existing fence wasn’t a permanent structure and the sheep were long in need of this upgrade! The folks from Goldman Sachs started out by removing the old fence and installing the new, comprised of posts and sturdy metal fencing. Post driving is no easy task, but the volunteers completed the challenge with a smile! Others spent time weeding the CSA Pick Your Own garden, one of the most un-glamourous, but necessary farm chores. When the work was complete, the day took an unexpected turn when it took the entire team to herd the sheep back into their newly created pasture, bringing a day’s work to an appropriate close. We extend a hearty thank-you to Goldman Sachs for their time and generosity!
We owe all of the contributors to our Kickstarter Campaign a HUGE thank you! Not only did we reach our goal in the final hours of fundraiser, but we EXCEEDED it, raising $21,358 to start our second Farm Explorer program.
Your contributions will help thousands of children connect with their food. They’ll see and taste things they’ve never seen in the supermarket. They’ll learn simple cooking skills that they’ll take home and share. An most importantly, you will help to INSPIRE them.
Congratulations! You’ve helped our community become a better place! (It feels pretty good, huh?)
The Farm Explorer reaches more than just the children in our community. We can use the mobile farm as a teaching tool for adults too! Recently the Farm Explorer, with the help of the lovely ladies of the Junior League of Philadelphia, held a container garden workshop.
Over 70 participants left the workshop with a container garden to maintain at home, filled with herbs, tomatoes and peppers, as well as recipe cards to use their garden fresh produce.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE: 79 backers, $6,932 pledged of $15,000 goal, 54 hours TO GO!
In the last 24 hours we’ve seen a surge in donations. Let’s keep this up, DONATE NOW!
We are coming in to our final week of fundraising for the second Farm Explorer! This month has flown by and we’re so appreciative of our 65 backers, but that won’t be enough to meet our goal and actually receive the funding. It’s crunch time!
ONLY 7 DAYS REMAIN TO RAISE $9,694!
The Farm Explorer strives to do four things to engage the children in our community. (Hint: It says it right on the side of the truck!)
GROW - Kids get to help plants grow! They learn about different types of soil, what plants need to survive and flourish, and when the plant is ready to be harvested. Additionally they learn what sort of food grows locally - not in a supermarket.
COOK - Participants learn how to prepare healthy delicious snacks! They learn the ingredients and the skills to be able to replicate the snack at home.
EAT - Children are encouraged to taste and eat! They try vegetables they never heard of, or they enjoy their nutritious snack that they just prepared.
INSPIRE - The youth leave each session inspired to live and eat healthfully, and to be more adventurous eaters! It’s so easy to connect with your food once it’s in front of you, it’s hard not to inspire young children with a such colorful, flavorful mobile bounty.
The educators tailor programming around these four pillars to ensure a comprehensive education with the Farm Explorer, and that’s why we want another Explorer…
Feeling inspired yet? Donate to our Kickstarter campaign today! We have 60 generous backers, but we’re still far from our goal!
Our Farm Explorer travels to schools, recreational centers, summer camps and even Citizen’s Bank Park! The mobile farm can be reserved for both private and public events. So, do you want the Farm Explorer to roll into your school or event? It only costs $2 per child, for an interactive - and tasty - event.
Have you contributed to our Kickstarter Campaign yet? We’ve met 25% of our goal, but we’ll only get funded if we reach 100%! We still need your help!
You can help in 2 ways…
DONATE! As little a dollar to help us reach our target of $15,000.
SPREAD THE WORD! Are you passionate about the invaluable lesson of children learning where their food comes from? Share the link with friends and family!
The Farm Explorer was at the Welcome Center in Port Richmond last Friday! The kids had fun smelling all the herbs and tasting a variety of plants including nasturtium, and edible flower, strawberries and some baby carrots pulled right from the soil.
Many children are hesitant to try new things, but it’s amazing to watch their curiosity get the best of them and want to taste something new. And that’s one of the goals of the Farm Explorer programming, to have children just try and discover. We hope that after a Farm Explorer visit each child will be a little more of an adventurous eater.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE: As of right now, we have 41 backers, but we are are still more than $11,000 away from our goal! Make a donation today, and help us spread the word!
One of our favorite recipes to make during the FARM EXPLORER programs are smoothies!
Smoothies are definitely a healthy kid-friendly snack and are even more fun to make by pedaling our blender bike! It fits in the back of the truck along with all the garden beds, pretty crafty, huh?
- a banana
- vanilla yogurt
- a little orange juice
- a handful of spinach leaves
Smoothies demonstrate a few topics. It shows the kids how simple and fun it is to make a nutritious snack. We emphasize eating all the colors of the rainbow, which is why the spinach is an important component. The kids are often pleasantly surprised to discover that they can’t taste the spinach in the smoothie!
We also discuss where all the ingredients come from. Strawberries, blueberries, spinach and yogurt can all come from farms near PA. And if the berries are in season, they can come from our own farms. Bananas and oranges come from much warmer climates and need to travel a bit of a distance to get to us, something that’s good to keep in mind.
Many kids are excited to share that they want to make the smoothies at home (even with the spinach!).
Another FARM EXPLORER would help us make more smoothies with more kids! And we need more backers for our Kickstarter campaign! We only have 21 days to raise $13,305. Make your donation, here.
DID YOU KNOW?
"1 in 3 children in PA are overweight or obese."
"In the last 30 years the percentage of obese youth has increased by 3 times."
"16 million U.S. children live in homes without access to nutritious food."
"The U.S. Department of Education recommends that elementary schools provide at least 50 hours of nutrition eduction per year. HOWEVER, students are receiving an average of less than 3 hours of nutrition education annually."
At Greener Partners, our goal is to change those statistics. Our FARM EXPLORER program addresses these issues by bringing nutritious food to areas of the Greater Philadelphia region and educating children on plant science and healthy eating habits. Our educators inspire youth to take this knowledge home with them and encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle.
A second FARM EXPLORER will help us reach even more students, and help us improve those daunting statistics. Want to help us make this change? Donate to our Kickstarter campaign!
Our Farm Explorer is a fantastic hands-on teaching tool, it literally brings the farm to you! The sides of the 22 foot long trailer open up to reveal an abundance of food and plants growing in pallet containers. Kids can feel the soil with their hands, see the plants growing, and taste the food in the healthy snack they prepare. Everything needed is right in the custom designed truck! Building a second Farm Explorer will be no easy task, and raising enough money to fund it is our first challenge. We hope our 30 day Kickstarter campaign will do the trick!
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