BOOTS2ROOTS: A Horticulture Peer Support Group

1st Community Female Veteran Horticulture Peer Support Group in the United States
2022

Actual Produce From The Farm
Combat Veteran Sarah
Actual Area on Farm

The BOOTS2ROOTS Project consists of championing for the empowerment of disabled women Veterans by building their capacities and competencies. We will be conducting a two-month gardening training group which will equip you with the necessary skills to grow your own produce.

Access to healthy and affordable food is a problem in many communities in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 11.5 million people in the United States live in low income areas that are more than 1 mile away from a supermarket or grocery chain that sells fresh produce at an affordable price (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2009). These urban communities, called “food deserts,” most prominently affect residents of rural, low income, and minority communities (Larson, Story, & Nelson, 2009).

GROUP INFORMATION  (Female Veterans Only)

– For female Veterans in the Piedmont Triad Area, North Carolina

– Session will begin March 9, 2022 and last for 8 sessions. One session weekly on Wednesdays from 9am-12noon. With lunch following each session

– Group and all items received are FREE to participants

– Group size is limited

Our Team

Chrisma Brock
Lena Van Wyk
Catherine Crowder
Sarah Charles
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Clara Driscoll
Madison Millier
The Farm
Combat Veteran Sarah
The Green House

Poor dietary patterns lead to a high risk of obesity and other diet-related diseases, which are experienced at higher rates by individuals from low income households and ethnic minorities (Besthorn, 2013; Conway & Lassiter, 2011; Larsen & Gilliland, 2009; Larson et al., 2009; Valera, Gallin, Schuk, & Davis, 2009).

A viable means of bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to the tables of residents of low income areas is the creation of a community garden. Individuals who garden have been shown to have healthier habits than those who do not garden and community gardens are opportunities for people to foster healthy behaviors (Litt et al., 2011).

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