By Michelle LaRue, Communications Director, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
The Tacoma-Pierce County Community Garden Project is seeking nominees for a steering committee to deliver the vision of increasing and strengthening local community gardens.
“We are looking for people who are passionate about and skilled in gardening, agriculture, nutrition, public health, community building, food access, community education and mobilization, policy development, social justice, land management, technology and marketing,” said Kristen McIvor, Community Garden Coordinator for Tacoma-Pierce County.
In 2010, a community gardens plan was created and a full-time coordinator hired to implement the plan. The steering committee would provide vision and insight into implementation of the plan, and offer support to staff.
Specific committee positions include: landowner, funder, community gardeners, social justice advocate, policy maker, public health, and community builder. Applications must be submitted by November 8, with meetings beginning in January 2011.
Visit www.ymcapkc.org/achieve for the following forms and information:
• Steering committee information form
• Nomination form
• Tacoma-Pierce County Community Gardens Plan (2010)
• Learn more about ACHIEVE
Action Communities for Health, Innovation and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE) is an initiative through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at empowering communities to develop and implement policy, systems and environmental change strategies that can help prevent or manage health risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and arthritis. The CDC awarded the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department a grant to conduct this work.