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8/27/2016 Q & A WITH AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER CAMP DIRECTOR LAMONT JACKSON
My name is Lamont Jackson. I’m the director of the After School and Summer Camp programs here at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center. I’ve been working in youth development for 28 years…
8/22/2016 SONYC YOUTH TEAM UP WITH ARTIST TO CREATE GREEN ART INSTALLATION
Youth in the KHCC SONYC program have teamed up with artist Kristin McIver and Residency Unlimited to install a vertical vegetable garden.
8/18/2016 Q & A WITH KHCC ALUMNI YESSY ALVAREZ
Recently we had the opportunity to talk to former KHCC participant, Yessy Alvarez, while he was home from college on summer vacation.
8/4/2016 KHCC COMBATING OBESITY WITH FOOD LITERACY AND HEALTHY EATING
The power of food literacy and active participation in the process of growing fresh fruits and vegetables in combating obesity is enabling children at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx to walk on the path to a healthier future.
7/19/2016 Q&A WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARGARET DELLA
Recently, we sat down with our Executive Director Margaret Della to learn more about her experiences with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center.
7/13/2016 CITY FARMER CULTIVATES COMMUNITIES
Lumen Magazine Highlights the good work being done in our Nutrition and Garden Program.
7/3/2016 FOOD CONNECTIONS INTERNS INNOVATE TO ENSURE BUMPER HARVEST
As the Spring Food Connections Internship comes to an end in the KHCC garden, we reflect on the hard work and commitment of our four interns, Thallgeea, Kamala, Flor De Liz and Sabrina.
Our goal: To secure the health of our community by building food literacy knowledge and ensuring access to affordable fresh produce.
Tucked behind three Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC) buildings on Kingsbridge Terrace, the KHCC community garden and adjacent amphitheatre were born in 2007 with the kind assistance of Horace Mann School’s Center for Community Values & Action during their first annual Service-Learning Day.
The garden has since flourished, thanks to the kind support of Bon Secours Health Systems. It has doubled in size and accommodates over 160 participants weekly from the Kingsbridge Heights Community.
Participants of our programs see the seed to plate process in all of its stages and have a healthy green environment to escape the demands of city life.
This is having a positive impact in our community, by combating high rates of food related health disparities such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. We are also providing an alternative source of fresh produce for our community, many of whom live on low-incomes and often struggle to afford fresh fruits and vegetables.
“We want to ensure that our participants are set on the path to a healthy future.”
The garden is a great mixing pot, that brings together all of the Center’s programs as well as community volunteers, schools, corporations, seniors, community partners and funding bodies, who have a shared vision of creating a healthier, happier and stronger community.
Please come and visit our garden! We always welcome volunteers, corporate groups, tours and enquiries. We have seasonal garden social events, where we meet with our community to share the fruits of our labor and the great work that our dedicated staff do in our community.
If you want to attend an event, volunteer, or just visit and taste our produce, please join our mailing list and we will inform you of all of the great things happening in the KHCC community garden.
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William Littleton is the Director of Development and Healthy Communities at KHCC. Originally from Australia, Will is an experienced world traveller and brings to the Bronx a wealth of knowledge, having managed multiple projects in his native country Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America. His experience includes leading creative collaborations among key stakeholders, creating garden-based curriculum and teaching children and adults how to live a productive and healthy lifestyle.
His 15 years’ experience in urban sustainability, farming and social development in addition to his fluency in Spanish has been of great value to the Kingsbridge community since his start in August 2015. From designing innovative, multifaceted and community-centered projects to forming new partnerships with various constituents, he has been instrumental in expanding the Center’s community reach and direct impact on its residents.
Community Garden Partners
Students at Horace Mann School’s Center for Community Values & Action built our community garden and an adjacent amphitheater through service learning days and smaller periodic projects. HM students continue to volunteer at our center and assist in garden maintenance.
Through a Bon Secours Health Systems Mission Fund Grant we have been able secure staff to develop our garden programs, resources and community outreach. Community Garden Coordinators supervise planting/harvesting throughout the garden season, composting, garden-related programs in the off-season (indoors and outside), botanical craft projects, plant propagation, teaching nutrition/healthy eating, and provide garden literacy (reading and writing). Composting has been made possible through the Citizens Committee for New York City.
Want to support our garden? Please consider making a donation.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-884-0700 ext.127.