One way to get toddlers to eat carrots and beets? Let them pick it from the ground and wash it themselves.
That’s just what 2-year-old twins Ransom and Rachel did at the Global Gardens Pond Street farm during an August field trip.
The twins and their peers from Welcome Friends Childcare & Preschool LLC visited the Boise farm to learn where the veggies they eat at day care come from and how they’re grown.
Welcome Friends is one of seven childcare facilities that partners with Global Gardens and Nutrition Works to receive fresh produce grown by local farmers from refugee backgrounds.
The program reaches between 60 and 100 children from Caldwell to Mountain Home for 18 weeks during the growing season.
“The impact of Welcome Friends Childcare's connection with Global Gardens can't be overstated,” Welcome Friends owner Jacqueline Manderscheid said. “The children in my program have multi-sensory connections with their food. It's an experience every child deserves to have.”
Read on to see some adorable pictures and video from the visit!
Central District Health is providing a back-to-school immunization clinic at Whittier Elementary School in Boise from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 12.
Pre-K through 12th grade students will be able to get any required school entry immunizations at no cost.
Below are flyers in Arabic, English, Farsi and Swahili. Interpreters will also be available at the clinic.
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Global Gardens, our Boise-based program for farmers, is grateful to announce that Spirit Airlines has generously donated $20,000 toward our efforts!
The airlines presented the check to our team on Friday, Aug. 5, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the airline's first flight from Boise.
Funny story - we almost missed this amazing opportunity.
"I have a confession to make," said Rabiou Manzo, Global Gardens program manager (first picture above). "With all the spam calls we receive these days, when I first picked up Lanie’s call from Spirit Airlines, I thought for a minute that I had picked a spam call. I almost said, 'Thank you, but I’m busy right now.' I’m so grateful that I didn’t!"
This donation creates a win-win by helping farmers take their careers to the next level while giving the local community more access to fresh produce.
For almost 20 years Global Gardens has provided training and resources to refugee and immigrant farmers, allowing them to continue farming as they rebuild their lives here in the U.S. Several of our farmers grow ethnic produce from their home countries that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible to local buyers.
We currently have six farm sites and 16 farmers in the Global Gardens program. Land is generously leased at no charge by the City of Boise, Five Mile Church of the Nazarene, Blue Cross of Idaho, Healthwise, the Idaho Department of Correction, and a private Boise resident.
"It’s exciting to see Spirit Airlines come alongside our mission to build healthier communities and bring more opportunities to the farmers who grow our food locally," Rabiou said.
We're not the only ones benefitting. The Spirit Charitable Foundation has committed to give $1 million in 2022 toward helping children and their family members, service members, and the environment, according to Simple Flying. We're grateful to be among the recipients.
Join Our CSA
It's not too late to join the Global Garden's CSA program. Members of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) receive weekly produce from a Global Gardens farmer. It's the largest CSA program in the Treasure Valley!
Visit globalgardensboise.org before Aug. 21 coming days to sign up for the final six weeks of the growing season.
Calling Boise-area volunteers! The English Language Center is growing and could use your help on Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays during the day. Classroom volunteers help with small group activities, one-on-one practice, and material preparation. The ELC serves adults who are newly resettled in Boise.
Sign up here!
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager