What roles do our community partners play?
Community Health Volunteers of Madison (CHVM): CHVM trains UW-Madison student volunteers and provides leadership and coordination between community partners. The Health Coaches and The Resource Navigator programs refer patients to The Grow Program.
The Wingra Family Medical Center, South Madison (Dr. Jonas Lee): Staff at the Wingra clinic work with The Grow Program Team to recruit patients & families for the program. Dr. Lee is involved in overall project leadership and helping evaluate the program's effectiveness.
The William T Evjue Clinic, North Madison (Dr. Walker Shapiro): Staff at the WTE clinic work with The Grow Program Team to recruit patients & families for the program. Dr. Shapiro is involved in overall project leadership and helping evaluate the program's effectiveness.
The Farley Center: Seth Riley, the farm manager, is working with CHVM volunteers to maintain a ⅛ acre garden dedicated to the Grow Program. The produce from this garden - fresh, locally-sourced, and organic - will be incorporated into our garden baskets. Shedd and Seth will also work with CHVM volunteers to glean from other farmers at The Farley Center, collecting excess produce that can be included in our garden baskets.
What are we growing?
Salad mix - kale
The Catholic Multicultural Center: The Grow Program Team is working with Steve to put together nutrition education classes, in the form of healthy cooking classes, for patients & families of South Madison enrolled in the program. Additionally, CMC will contribute produce to our garden baskets by ordering additional produce from Second Harvest and contributing some of their own produce from their 1-acre food pantry garden (especially summer squash)!
The River Food Pantry: The River Food Pantry supports The Grow Program and offers invaluable guidance. The River will donate whole grain breads for the garden baskets and donate any excess produce leftover after Friday pantry hours.
Second Harvest: Anne, the lead coordinator for The Diabetes Wellness Program, is providing guidance on developing The Grow Program. In addition, Second Harvest will help contribute produce to the garden baskets by donating through CMC and The River Food Pantry.
FEED Kitchens & Healthy Food For All: HFFA's mission closely aligns with our own. We are working with Chris and HFFA to incorporate more fresh, organic produce (gleaned from local farmers) in our garden baskets. FEED Kitchens is allowing The Grow Program to use kitchen space for teaching healthy cooking classes for folks in North Madison.
UW Extension FoodWIse: Claire and Jackie are helping The Grow Program develop healthy cooking classes and are working with our team to include nutrition education into the program. We will direct our program participants to other UW Extension FoodWIse classes.
T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS): We utilize resources from CNS in developing our nutrition education curriculum, which is included in our garden baskets and healthy cooking classes.
Special acknowledgements: Michael Hernke, PhD, Wisconsin School of Business, for some key guidance in the initial development of the program. Pick 'n Save (S Park St, Madison) for allowing us to host a BBQ fundraising event.