ACH Promise Neighborhood Garden

The Arkansas Children's Hospital Community Garden is a collaborative effort of Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH), Arkansas Children's Research Institute's Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program, Arkansas GardenCorps, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the National Park Service Little Rock Central High Historic Site. Since Fall 2015, the 4000 square foot garden has brought together community members and produced vegetables for neighbors as well as Helping Hands of Greater Little Rock, a food pantry that serves thousands of families in Central Arkansas. Plans for the 2016-2017 service year include a doubling of the size of the garden and a greater effort towards community engagement.

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Ben Pope

Ben Pope started gardening in 2005 when he became concerned with food security. Originally from Memphis, he received a BA in English from the University of Memphis and pursued a career as a technical writer while completing an MA in History. He is excited to have the opportunity to serve with GardenCorps, fulfilling his lifelong desire to participate in a national service program. After his service year, he plans to continue with his interest in community engagement through fostering local democratic structures and incubating cooperative businesses.

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Jimmy Parks

Jimmy is a nurse with a doctorate in public health who manages an urban farm in North Little Rock. He is interested in population health, student-based education, community development, and quality improvement through system redesign using reflective practice, dialogue, and qualitative research methods that are participatory, practice-based and community-based.

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Acadia Roher

Acadia hails from Little Rock, Arkansas and is proud to be a committed active member of her home community. She works with several food security and access projects in Central Little Rock neighborhoods. The majority of her academic and professional work centers on community and civic engagement. She is also a community organizer with Little Rock Collective Liberation and other social justice groups.

"This month we donated sweet potatoes to some individuals at a homeless camp. We also gave local veggies to several people who live in the neighborhood around the 12th and Peyton garden."

- Jimmy Parks, Arkansas Children's Hospital Promise Neighborhood Gardens Service Member

"Getting the Promise Garden in shape this month has felt really good and it is very much appreciated by both the Young Adult Opportunity Center staff who work on the site every day as well as those in the neighborhood who come by to volunteer, harvest produce, or just to chat. Seeing the garden look sharp has also improved morale among the core group of volunteers who are excited more than ever about being in the garden and hosting events there."

- Acadia Roher, Arkansas Children's Hospital Promise Neighborhood Gardens Service Member

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