“Green Stuff”

Each day of the online voting campaign for the Health Justice CT Challenge, Summer of Solutions Hartford is posting new videos to show voters what our work is all about and why we should win $10,000.

You can vote for “Health Justice in the Garden” every day until March 16th: http://www.healthjusticect.org/challenge-voting

Today’s video is a series of clips from Kids’ Week- a free summer camp that our team ran last August.
 We had 18 campers ages 3-13, which is quite a task! We had a ton of fun doing arts and crafts, playing on the playground, cooking, and learning in the garden. My favorite part was a series of activities we did with plant botany. First, Joe taught the kids about plant structure and function. Then, each kid did a drawing of a plant and showed how it ate, drank, and soaked up sun. That afternoon, we got out the chalk and decorated the driveway of the community center with an imaginary garden.
The next day, Claudine taught our campers about nutrition and healthy eating. Then she lead them through the garden on a nutrition scavenger hunt to find all the ingredients for a healthy meal.
On the last day, we painted a big mural with room for each kid to paint their own plant.

Photos from Kids’ Week:
http://soshartford.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/kids-week-photos/

I’ll let some of our campers tell you the rest.

You can vote for “Health Justice in the Garden” every day until March 16th: http://www.healthjusticect.org/challenge-voting

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Grand Aspirations is founded on a powerful and innovative method – being solutionary. The Summer of Solutions expresses the values, follows the principles, and utilizes the strategies of this solutionary method. During the Urban Farming Internship program, young people in Hartford work together to draw on the assets each of them already have and work together to advance personal competence in this method, build a community around it, and enact it in the broader world.

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