The FARMACY Project

To create at minimum of 10 Urban Farms  & Community Gardens  developed and nurtured by partnering neighborhood residents and collaborative partners.

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This project is one of great taking to adjust the body, mindset and home of the children plagued with GMO foods,  packages goods and sweets.The Child fitness component is a anti- childhood obesity program. It’s designed to help keep the children active and sharp.  Helping out with their self –esteem in the process.  The children will get healthy cooking demonstration with the parents involved to help secure the understanding that cooking healthy foods can taste good as well as the other packaged foods.  The children will be keeping track of the activity in a journal and will create a chart of activities to perform.  This will take place in the 32209 zip.

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Prevention/Intervention project-based learning, like eating more fruits and vegetables, we have found to be more effective than those that focus solely on increasing knowledge about health and nutrition.

Long-Term Outcomes | The Youth will verify that early intervention of child fitness with education of healthy cooking demonstrations at the end of the programs completion will show a new appreciation and acceptance of being fit and making health food choices in life.  These chooses will be decreasing the already high rates of cardiovascular disease and other preventable diseases inside the community.

The Second Component of The FARMACY Project is the Senior’s Raised Planter Boxes.  Having youth volunteer put raised planter boxes together will help close the generational gap “one-box-at-a-time”.  Maintenance on the boxes will be done by the youth volunteers.  This will further develop the relationship between the elders in the community and the youth of today.  This is to help the seniors in low income community’s with their financial burden that they may have by growing 1/3 of their fresh vegetables .

The benefits for elders who garden are:

  • Its an enjoyable form of exercise
  • Increases levels of physical activity and helps mobility and flexibility
  • Encourages use of all motor skills
  • Improves endurance and strength
  • Helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis
  • Reduces stress levels and promotes relaxation
  • Provides stimulation and interest in nature and the outdoors
  • Improves well-being as a result of social interaction
  • Can provide nutritious, home-grown produce.

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Some physical, mental and age-related conditions must be considered when older people work in the garden, but they should not prevent people from enjoying the garden. These include:
  • Skin – fragile, thinning skin makes older people susceptible to bumps, bruises and sunburn.
  • Vision – changes in the eye lens structure, loss of peripheral vision and generally poorer eyesight can restrict activities.
  • Mental abilities – mental health, thinking and memory abilities may be affected by dementia and similar conditions.
  • Body temperature – susceptibility to temperature changes and a tendency to dehydrate or suffer from heat exhaustion, are common concerns with outdoor physical activity for older people.
  • Skeletal – falls are more common because balance is often not as good. Osteoporosis and arthritis may restrict movement and flexibility.