Saint Petersburg, FL –
When: Sunday, October 27, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Mahaffey Plaza; 400 – 1st Street South, St. Petersburg (between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum)
What: Parkshore Grill’s Chef, Tyson Grant, will serve food samples from our Garden Cookbook; Jazz music from La Lucha; brief program about the accomplishments and goals of the Peace Patch from teachers, students and volunteers.
Why: To support the efforts of the Edible Peace Patch Project, an organization dedicated to addressing the impact of poverty on achievement and diet-related health issues.
On Sunday, October 27th, the waterfront between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum will be alive with jazz music; wonderful, nutritious food; and lots of people sharing the best St. Petersburg has to offer… healthy living for families, a solid education for children in our most underserved schools, and community development.
This event will celebrate the hard work of local college students, community volunteers, and the school children at Lakewood, Sanderlin World IB, Maximo, and Campbell Park elementary schools that results in beautiful Peace Patch gardens year after year. It’s also about saying “thanks” to the school families and the community that makes these gardens thrive, as well as the incredible sponsors and partners who have lifted us along the way. As Kip Curtis, Executive Director of the Edible Peace Patch, recently stated, “The Peace Patch has flourished through the investment of so many people and the generosity of many organizations. Our gardens cultivate food and build community. Let’s celebrate those sustainable values.“
There will be a brief program including Dr. Curtis and some of the Peace Patch partners, who know first-hand about the need for this organization. Tyson Grant, chef at Parkshore Grill, will speak about the importance of good nutrition in children and will serve tapas-style, nutritious recipes developed in our schoolyard garden program in partnership with All Children’s Hospital.
The Peace Patch Story:
The Edible Peace Patch Project began in 2009 when a group of college students
convinced Dr. Curtis, their professor, to help them learn to grow food. In exchange he asked them to build their own classroom on the schoolyard of one of the most at-risk elementary schools in the county and to offer standard-based lessons to the kids who visited them. Four and a half years later, Dr. Curtis and Peace Patch volunteers are cultivating four gardens. Test results show higher science scores because of these gardens and anecdotes about boys not only staying in school, but also beginning to do award-winning work.
The Peace Patch plans to add four more gardens in the coming school year and build an urban farm and commercial kitchen on the south side of St. Petersburg within two years. The Farmraiser event will unveil our vision for a food system that creates educational and economic opportunities.
The Edible Peace Patch Project is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization whose mission is to address the impacts of poverty on education and diet-related health issues in Pinellas County by building and operating a model community education and development social enterprise project rooted in sustainable urban agriculture based local food system.
We currently operate four schoolyard gardens in south side Title 1 elementary schools including Campbell Park Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, Maximo Elementary and Sanderlin IB World School.
About Kip Curtis:
Dr. Curtis received his Ph.D. in environmental history from the University of Kansas where he studied with eminent environmental historian, Dr. Donald Worster. Curtis’s first book, “Gambling on Ore: The Nature of Metal Mining in the United States, 1860-1910,” was published in July 2013. Dr. Curtis learned agriculture growing up on a sustainable farm in southeastern Massachusetts in the 1970s and 1980s. Dr. Curtis was a professor of Environmental Studies at Eckerd College for seven years and is the founder and current Executive Director of the Edible Peace Patch Project.