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Lund Report features 1,000 Gardens initiative and Kids Cook! program - August 24, 2012

Story by Abby Warren

 

As the first web site of its kind in Oregon, The Lund Report covers major issues confronting our healthcare system, giving Oregonians the necessary facts, analysis and action tools to be educated consumers and make a positive difference.

 

Yesterday, Christen McCurdy, freelance journalist and technical writer with the Lund Report, wrote a piece that examined different facets of Commissioner Fish's Healthy Portland and Community Gardens initiatives.

 

McCurdy provides an update on the City's progress towards its goal of building 1,000 gardens by December 2012. As McCurdy explains, our office is "more than four-fifths of the way" towards reaching our goal.

 

The article also highlights Portland Parks & Recreation's new Grow Afterschool program, and the Kids Cook! kick-off event last Sunday, August 19, at St. Johns Community Center.

 

Led by Commissioner Fish's Healthy Portland Initiative, Parks Staff secured grant funding to pilot Grow Afterschool last Spring. This fall, the program, which teaches kids cooking, gardening and nutrition skills, will be offered in five of our community centers. Visit the Let's Grow website for more information.

 

Also, check out The Portland Kitchen (TPK), who hosted a cooking demo at the event. TPK focuses on building job skills and addressing high youth unemployment through after-school food and nutrition programs at Madison and Parkrose high schools.

 

Read more in the Lund Report

Christen McCurdy