Building Community and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles through Urban Gardening

idea by SEMLink




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Overview of Idea


SEM Link plans to build healthier communities in Oakland by hosting a competition to encourage schools and their surrounding neighborhood to garden for a day. Our hope is to promote healthy lifestyles and create sustainable resources for families to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Specifics: What will the $1,500 fund?

SEM Link is starting an urban gardening program at selected community and school gardens in Oakland, California. Many urban areas, like Oakland, lack access to quality food and fresh fruits and vegetables; these food deserts contribute to unhealthy eating habits and higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. In order to address this issue, SEM Link plans to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and nutrition education while building healthier communities by hosting a competition to encourage schools and their surrounding neighborhood to garden for a day. The community or school garden with the most participation will receive seeds and garden supplies for the upcoming season.

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Great way of "teaching a man to fish". This is definitely planting a positive seed into their young lives that will grow into their way of life! They are not a product of their circumstances. I pray that this project is realized through this venue!

by latoniya.jones
over 3 years ago | Reply

Innovative. Nice work.

by lkariuki1
over 3 years ago | Reply

This so needs to happen in Oakland. Opportunities like this really resonate there and have an incremental impact among the community. I grew up in the bay area and was transformed in 6th grade when I began to participate with a local wildlife care center that had visited my school. Engaging youth in community betterment has lasting implications, especially when it links body, mind, and health the way gardens do. Please vote for SEM Link!

by john.griffith.3110
over 3 years ago | Reply

A project that can really make a difference! Go SEM Link!

by edude2188
over 3 years ago | Reply

This is very beneficial for our youth. I wish you great success! Go SEM Link!

by Ashawnti
over 3 years ago | Reply

Good luck on this outstanding project. Go SEM Link! ~ e

by Ellison Horne
over 3 years ago | Reply

I am excited about this project to promote STEM and healthy lifestyles through urban gardening

by tokiwasmith
over 3 years ago | Reply

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Submission Began
Thursday, July 19

Submission Ended
Thursday, August 16
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Voting Began
Friday, August 17

Voting Ended
Friday, August 31
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Winner Announced
Friday, August 31

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