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The Fit 2 Live initiative was created in 2009 by the City of North Little Rock and the North Little Rock School District. Its mission is to create environments in the city that support healthy eating and active living. Since gardening supports this mission, the Fit 2 Live community garden program was started in 2011 to incentivize and assist the creation of gardens across North Little Rock (NLR). Currently, one in three NLR school children suffer from overweight or obesity and all of our lower-income neighborhoods lack access to convenient, affordable fruits and vegetables. The community garden program provides access to fresh, locally-grown produce and nutrition education opportunities among community citizens.

Partner organizations include the Pulaski County Extension Service, The People Tree (a local community service organization), churches, neighborhood associations, and community development corporations.

Fit 2 Live began the 2015-2016 year with 24 community gardens; projects are based at schools, community groups, or faith-based organizations throughout NLR. GardenCorps members support garden participants and the entire City of NLR to fulfill North Little Rock's vision to be a truly "Fit 2 Live" community, committed to healthy eating and active living.

Presentation

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Liz Kasper

Liz started farming and gardening two years ago and hasn't stopped since. She is driven by her calling for social justice and her passion for producing delicious and authentic food. She graduated from Hendrix College in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in biology and loves approaching gardening with ecology and microbiology in mind. After graduating from Hendrix, she spent a year serving at Our House Shelter's children's center through Americorps, planning gardening and food based curriculum for young children and working to make sure they met their personal development  goals. She is thrilled to be working with Gardencorps this year and to gain more experience in community gardens. Liz intends to devote her career and life to transforming the American food system, improving access to healthy and local food in all communities, and perfecting the art of growing vegetables.

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Claire Vogelgesang

Claire is a Central Arkansas native with a passion for locally grown food and environmental issues. She has worked with many farms and gardens around central AR and elsewhere, and is currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies at Hendrix College.

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Beau Cooper

Beau Cooper is an Arkansas native who grew up in the rural Ozark Mountains, where he developed an interest in the natural world. He has experienced different levels of agriculture in Arkansas, from home gardens, to family farms, to large industrial farms. He attended UALR where he majored in Rhetoric and Writing and earned a certification in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. Beau is serving his third term with North Little Rock's Fit 2 Live initiative. He is looking forward to building further community support for North Little Rock's community gardens and farms.

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Sara Webb

Sara Webb is from Greenville, S.C., a city of 62,000 nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While she grew up in the city, she enjoyed plenty of time outdoors with her family. Her interest in the environment led her to pursue a degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University, where she graduated in 2014. Additionally, she has a strong interest in food and nutrition and hopes to become a registered dietitian in the future. She is excited to be serving with North Little Rock's Fit to Live initiative where she will gain experience gardening and teaching nutrition education classes.

Beau Cooper

Beau Cooper is an Arkansas native who grew up in the rural Ozarks, where he developed an interest in the natural world. He has experienced different levels of agriculture in Arkansas, from home gardens, to family farms, to large industrial farms. He attended UALR where he majored in Rhetoric and Writing and earned a certification in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. Beau is serving with North Little Rock’s Fit 2 Live initiative. He is looking forward to building community support for North Little Rock’s community gardens and farms.

Sharice Loftin

Sharice Loftin grew up not so far away from Arkansas!  She is originally from Tulsa, OK, and came to attend Philander Smith College with high hopes and big dreams. She recently graduated with a B.S in Biology, and in her college journey she developed a passion for the social justice approach to health. In her research with food swamps and deserts, she wanted to partake in a hands-on approach to tackling these issues. Sharice Loftin will serve as a part of the North Little Rock Fit 2 Live Initiative, and will enjoy working with a diverse group of people. Sharice Loftin is very excited with working with GardenCorps and plans to be a part of making a huge impact on communities.

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Andrew Carty

As an avid outdoorsman who has always participated in Arkansas conservation through hunting and fishing activities, Andrew’s passion is facilitating the participation and enjoyment of our natural resources not only for himself, his future children, and his future grandchildren, but also for his community at large.  He serves in North Little Rock’s Fit 2 Live Initiative coordinating the 13 community garden which North Little Rock sponsors.  With a background in organic agriculture, he is extremely excited for the opportunity GardenCorps and AmeriCorps has provided him through this position.

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Harmony Hudson

Harmony is growing vegetables and making friends in 13 community and school gardens in North Little Rock as part of the city of North Little Rock’s “Fit 2 Live” public health initiative.  She attended Hendrix College and the University of Ghana in West Africa.  She worked on organic farms in Colorado, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Thailand.

North Little Rock Fit 2 Live’s two Arkansas GardenCorps service members will serve Fit 2 Live’s entire network of 19 community and employee gardens. Gardens range in size from two raised beds to 1+ acre urban farms. ARGC members will assist gardens with construction, crop planning, planting, plant care and harvesting. They will learn a wide variety of cultivation techniques and have the opportunity to share their own expertise, both informally by working side-by-side with garden members and formally through youth afterschool garden and cooking programs. 

Friday the 24th. .