Where this blog is going

Have you checked out our Facebook or Twitter pages lately? If you have, you might have noticed that there’s new energy bubbling in the GrowingGreat community. Laura Kainsinger, MPH, our Director of Community Outreach, has been merrily posting about pumpkins in La Ballona’s garden, our partnership with the Manhattan House, parent programs in downtown L.A. and much more.

Laura also recently posted an article on Facebook from Science World Report that states that “…family has the biggest influence on the children’s choice of food.”

The content of this article did not surprise the GrowingGreat team (GrowingGreat team = Jennifer, Jill, Laura, and me) because for seventeen years, GrowingGreat has had the honor of working with parent volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to sustaining education gardens and delivering hands-on nutrition and garden activities to children in Los Angeles.

That’s why the GrowingGreat team voted unanimously to make this blog about you: the parent volunteers, donors and community partners who help make GrowingGreat a science-based garden and nutrition education empowerment machine that improves the wellbeing of every child that passes through its programs.

As a result, you can expect to read about two topics in this blog:

  1. Stories about you – individual volunteers, donors and community partners from the GrowingGreat community
  2. Innovative activities and ideas that you, individual volunteers, donors and community partners are willing to share with the community to make it stronger

I am looking forward to sharing these stories with you!  Thank you for reading!

Stephanie Hartney, the author of this blog post, works with the GrowingGreat team to create hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities that empower youth to eat healthy and grow their own food.

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