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Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014
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You’re probably familiar with The Forge, SCU's 1/2 acre organic garden...but, did you know about Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG)? BUG, a collaboration between AmeriCorps, specifically Silicon Valley HealthCorps and the Forge Garden (and the Center for Sustainability), is a program designed to promote environmental education and healthy nutritional habits for at-risk families--primarily youth--in San José, CA. BUG manages gardens at two San José elementary schools and one community center, in San José's Alma, Gardner, and Washington neighborhoods. In total, BUG reaches about 350 kids and their parents.

One reward of BUG is seeing the kids continually expand their diet to include healthy and nutritious foods. “It’s always encouraging when they start coming back for seconds and thirds,” shared Ruth Pimentel, one of the two BUG AmeriCorps members. One kindergarten class this year now loves raw cabbage so much that they picked apart an entire head during recess! These kids are able to take their new knowledge from BUG and share it with their families. Enhancing ecological literacy and community health through garden, food, and nutrition based education is central to the BUG program.

There are several ways to get involved with Bronco Urban Gardens. For students, there are two Arrupe opportunities: BUG at the Forge Garden and BUG at Gardner Academy. Volunteers are always welcome to lend a helping hand. If you are interested, email!

Contributed by Kelsey Baker '14, Intern, Communications

Tags: Community Engagement, Did You Know?, Food



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