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Gardening 101 – Final Post, Funding your Project!

March 13, 2015

by Maryam Funmilayo

Welcome back to the final series of gardening 101. I hope you have started brainstorming on what, where, when, and how to plant, as the spring season is fast approaching.  I recently attended the Dig In! Event at the Marbles Kids’ Museum.  Experienced and novice gardeners, farmers, Master Gardeners, school teachers, and various community members, were all attendees at the event. It was a well-attended and successful event.  People shared success stories on how their empty lands became flourishing gardens.

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Gardening 101 – Part Three

Welcome back to the gardening series! I hope you’ve been thinking deeply on how to start a garden with your family and friends. Starting small is always key and one of the best pieces of advice given by the Master Gardeners.  They advised that you start a container garden if you are very new into gardening or if you can’t afford the space or time to take care of a larger garden.

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Gardening 101 – Part Two

January 29, 2015

by Maryam Funmilayo

Welcome back to the family gardening series. In part one, I briefly touched on the highlights of a family gardening project and its benefits to children, families, and communities. I shared tips on how to embark on one if you are interested in starting a garden project.  I also mentioned the winter seasonal vegetables such as onions, lettuce, radishes, peas, cabbage, most green leafy vegetables, and potatoes. All these vegetables can easily resist the cold temperatures and still blossom beautifully.

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Family Gardening 101 Series: Part 1

January 23, 2015

by Maryam Funmilayo

Spring will be here in the next few months, and it is time to get ready for a family gardening project. I am so excited because it will be my very first time getting serious about gardening. More so, my children have always been curious about how seeds germinate, flowers evolve, vegetables develop, and how they are picked and prepared to become the food we eat. The good thing is that there is no need to re-invent the wheel by starting from scratch. Thanks to an Outreach and Engagement Seed Grant from the NC State Office of Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development, the IAR Women’s Committee is working with Dr. Dara Bloom and Dr. Annie Hardison-Moody to expand and enhance the Al-Iman School garden, which serves as both a school and community garden.  It is situated on the Islamic Association of Raleigh’s premises.

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Connecting with Food Pantries: What Have We Learned So Far?

Note: This post was originally posted on the Voices into Action website.

March 25, 2014

by Annie Hardison-Moody

In each of the counties where Voices into Action: The Families, Food and Health Project works, organizations and county residents have talked about how important food pantries are to their communities.  Given the recent economic downturn, coupled with cuts to federal food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), food pantries and other emergency food providers are increasingly on the front lines in making sure families have the food they need to survive and thrive.

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Faith-based food pantry partners with EFNEP

August 1, 2013

by Annie Hardison-Moody

Faithful Families is excited to partner with Voices into Action: The families, food and health project in Harnett, Lee and Wake counties in North Carolina.  One of the goals of the Harnett Voices into Action: Empowering and Serving Harnett County Through the Families, Food, and Health Project committee has been to bring nutrition education, through programs like the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to food pantries in Western Harnett County. We are currently piloting this through a partnership with Martha’s Place Food Pantry, which is a faith-based food pantry with leadership from Solid Rock United Methodist Church and partners across the county.

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Good Things are Growing at New Covenant UMC

by Heidi Smith

July 12, 2013

New Covenant United Methodist Church in Hamilton, NJ invited the community to have a “hands on ” lesson on container gardening recently.  In May of 2013, we planted peppers, herbs, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  As they grew outside in the church yard, different participants enjoyed tending to them.  We finished the Faithful Families lesson, “Choosing More Fruits and Vegetables,” which was timed perfectly for when the vegetables were ready for picking!   It really helped drive the point regarding accessing fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Eat Smart More More Colleton County, SC Implements Faithful Families

June 26, 2013

by Melissa Buckner

Over the last three years, the focus of Eat Smart Move More Colleton County (ESMMCC) in South Carolina has been the Let’s Go Healthy Community project.  “Let’s Go!” is a comprehensive, sustainable action plan to combat childhood obesity by improving the community’s access to healthy food and physical activity. The campaign engages the entire community including schools, worksites and faith-based organizations. This multi-sector approach affects children through direct intervention and by indirect intervention through reaching out to the adults important in the child’s life. Let’s Go is being evaluated by a team from the University of South Carolina. The results of the evaluation are shared with community stakeholders.

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For the Health of It! in New Jersey

by Heidi Smith

April 23, 2013

New Covenant United Methodist Church in Hamilton Township, New Jersey was recently selected by the New Jersey State Department of Health to receive a Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More grant to begin a new health ministry!  Only four faith based organizations in the state were selected in the competitive grant process.  We are the only United Methodist Church.  The grant period is from March to August 2013.

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