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Urban Farming to Build Healthy Communities

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am EDT


Wholesome, nutritious food is the key to healthy living, but it also contributes to healthier, more vibrant communities. This session will cover the important role that good nutrition plays for growing kids, for healthy adults, and for creating resilience in urban communities that often don’t have access to fresh, nutritious food. Join Franciel Ikeji and Pat Spence to learn the importance of good nutrition and how you can help others gain access to good food and build healthy communities in the process.

Franciel Ikeji, MS, RD, is a Program Officer at the USDA Food & Nutrition Service. She also works with iamwanda.org, a nonprofit that co-creates innovative solutions to nutrition, food and agricultural entrepreneurship, and cultural nutrition focused on women and girls from the African Diaspora. She will make the case for good nutritional outcomes for people of all ages and the challenges faced in many urban communities in so-called “food deserts.”

Pat Spence is Executive Director of The Urban Farming Institute, which helps alleviate hunger and promotes self-reliance in communities of color. The Urban Farming Institute teaches Boston residents the nuts and bolts of small scale urban farming and is helping more and more people grow their own food.


June 7
10:30 am - 11:00 am EDT
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