Building Effective and Sustainable Local Gardens to Promote Public Health

Tue, 03/20/2012
Start Time: 12:00PM CST

Community, school and employer-sponsored gardens play an important role in improving health and reducing obesity.  Gardens increase access to fresh vegetables, provide opportunities for physical activity, teach both adults and children about the origins of their food, and promote healthier eating behaviors.  As gardening opportunities increase, advocates must often address legal and policy issues that affect the development and maintenance of gardens.  These issues include access to water, composting efforts, land use planning and zoning considerations, liability issues, and the organizational structure of the gardens.

This webinar will highlight examples of successful community, school and employer-sponsored gardening efforts and provide an overview of important legal and policy considerations impacting these efforts.

Speakers include:

Nadja Berneche, Program Director, Gardening Matters

Judith Collier-Reid, National Consultant, Teaching Gardens, American Heart Association

Mary Marrow, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center

Other Speakers TBA

Moderator:      Liz Makins, Manager Obesity Initiatives, American Heart Association


Presented in Partnership by:

The American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center.

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