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provide miniature 7”x4”x4” gardening kits and education materials to grow their own herbs and microgreens.
The Healthy Harvest Modular Garden builds upon the goals and impact of Root Causes’ current operations. Root Causes (RC), a group of Duke healthcare professional students, runs the Fresh Produce Program that is a collaboration between Duke University Health System’s (DUHS) Outpatient Clinics, Farmer Foodshare, and other local farms. DUHS screens patients for food insecurity and refers participants to RC to coordinate with local farmers and volunteers to deliver food from farm to doorstep. To educate participants about food systems, RC expanded this mission to include what we call the Healthy Harvest program to provide miniature 7”x4”x4” gardening kits and education materials to grow their own herbs and microgreens. Among our over 200 food recipient households, we have delivered over 100 home gardening kits. However, patients need assistance with growing and could benefit from more fresh produce than what can currently be harvested. The Healthy Harvest Modular Garden addresses this challenge as we plan to build and maintain a collection of larger 2.5 by 2.5ft garden boxes on our organization’s premises that we will cultivate and exchange with our participants after they have harvested from their box. Participants would receive gardening boxes started by our staff, continue cultivating and harvesting at home, and return the box for another plant-start. In addition to increasing ease and yield of the program, the staging area of new garden kits with our team members will serve as an educational resource for our community to see the plants’ growth at various stages of development.