Save the Date: Get Out in the Garden on MLK Day 2011
Waco, TX – To promote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of building broad and diverse community coalitions, the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition (UGC) will coordinate gardening projects throughout the city of Waco as part of the MLK Day of Service on January 17, 2011 from 12:00pm-3:00pm. Leading up to the 2011 event, the UGC and World Hunger Relief Farm will be hosting a Winter Vegetable Garden Workshop on January 8, 2011 to train volunteers how to plant and tend the winter vegetables planted on MLK Day. This year the Coalition is working with 15 garden sites to grow gardens, create art, eat food and meet neighbors.
Kicking off at noon, the MLK Day of Service will begin with Baylor Campus Kitchens serving a healthy bagged lunch for participants at each gardening site, followed by an MLK Reflection Activity led by members of Communities-In-School AmeriCorps and Community Health Corps. From 1:00-3:00pm, participants can take part in an art activity coordinated by the Waco Arts Initiative and gardening activities that will include preparing and planting vegetable beds, cleaning up and beautifying surrounding areas, and other projects specific to the gardening site. The UGC hopes people from across Waco will join together in serving the Waco community. As Dr. King said, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”
MLK 2011 Garden Sites:
- Baylor Campus Garden (Garden Ribbon Cutting) – Corner of 9th and James Avenue
- Brazos Middle School – 2415 Cumberland Avenue
- Calvary Community Garden – 19th & Homan Avenue
- Columbus Avenue Community Garden (Garden Groundbreaking) – 1115 Columbus Avenue, behind the Columbus Avenue Activities Center
- Cottages of Oak Springs Retirement Home (Garden Groundbreaking) – 1900 Woodgate Drive
- Hewitt Community Garden at Hewitt First United Methodist (Garden Dedication) – 600 S. First Street, Hewitt
- Hillcrest Professional Development School – 4225 Pine Avenue
- Lake Shore Baptist Community Garden – 5801 Bishop Drive
- Meyer High School at Rapoport Academy – 1020 Elm Avenue
- Sul Ross Elementary School Garden – 901 S. 7th Street
- Tennyson Middle School Garden – 6100 Tennyson Drive
- University Baptist Community Garden – 1701 Dutton Avenue
- West Avenue Elementary – 1101 N. 15th Avenue
- Woodway Elementary – 325 Estates Drive (event observed in-school on Tuesday 1/18)
- World Hunger Relief, Inc. – 356 Spring Lake Road
For more details about the 2011 MLK Day of Service, visit the Urban Gardening Coalition’s website: http://hotugc.org. To volunteer for the event, register at the Baylor Campus Kitchens website (http://www.baylor.edu/campuskitchen/) or contact Kelly Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or contact Bethel Erickson (email@example.com) for general information and to register for the Winter Vegetable Garden Workshop.
About the Urban Gardening Coalition
Since its inception in the spring of 2005, the Urban Gardening Coalition (UGC) has served as a unique group facilitating discussion and organizing activities for individuals and organizations who are interested in gardening as a means of building community. Our current garden activities include after-school gardening programs partnered with CIS schools as well as coordinating gardening activities at many churches and community organizations across the Heart of Texas. UGC is a recipient of 2010 UnitedHealth Heroes Award, which funds projects developing semester long service learning projects to combat childhood obesity. The UGC is using these funds to support garden programming at gardens hosting events on the MLK Day of Service and throughout the spring growing season – including the Harvest Celebration in April. More information on the Urban Gardening Coalition is available at hotugc.org.
About the Campus Kitchens Project
The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is giving $40,000 to 20 student-led, community-based programs across 15 states all committed to highlighting their work on National Day of Service, January 17, 2011. This year’s MLK Jr. Day of Service grantees represent the largest and most diverse group since the CKP grant program began in 2009. Since 2001, CKP has provided healthy meals to their neighbors in need by harnessing the spirit of student volunteerism within local communities. Now in its eighth year, CKP operates on 25 college, university and high school campuses, providing meals to individuals and families in their communities. Thanks to the support of Sodexo, General Mills and the Corporation for National and Community Service, Campus Kitchens continues to grow. More information on the Campus Kitchens Project is available at www.campuskitchens.org.