grow a better earth

Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 12, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
 
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
 
John Fisher announced that the Rotary Foundation is 100 yrs old this year. Every Rotarian should make a contribution this year small or large to support our Annual World Polio Plus day.
 
Pam Goodman awarded a basket from the Alzheimer’s Fundraiser to Lynette Cleland.
Eric announced a fundraiser for kids who don’t have shoes from Catalina Island Rotary. The shoes which grow with the child will be delivered to Ensenada in January. If you would like to contribute see Eric. The cost of the shoes is around $13.
 
Win announced a New Zealand tour. See him and he’ll get you the info.
 
Win announced a program called “Not in our Town” at Semper Recital Theater at Cabrillo College Oct 26th at 7:00 to discuss resolving anti-immigration differences in our community.
 
Rob introduced Jessica Ridgeway. In 2007 she received an MS in Environmental and Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. She helped to found Farm Discovery at Live Earth in 2008. They run nine different programs for students throughout the year about growing food, including a summer camp, an immersion program that includes a sleepover and an art camp. The goal is to improve consumption habits.
       
 
 
       The community assessment survey indicates that nearly 60% of our county are obese with higher rates in the Latino community. Among Second Harvest recipients 32% of the population is white and 62% is Latino. 12% of whites are affected by food insecurity but 43% of Latinos. Over half of Whites eat 4-5 servings of vegetables a day and a slightly higher percentage of Latinos, but the latter also eat more fast food.
In the Farm Discovery program, students plant berries in November and pick in April.  They serve 2200 kids a year. This type of farming is called regenerative agriculture to grow a better world. This type of agriculture promotes carbon sequestration, organic soil building and conserves water and respects wildlife.  
She showed many fun slides of kids in the garden growing broccoli among other things and actually eating it!  For more info go to farmdiscovery.org.