|Food Systems Project Programs:
School Garden Based Nutrition Education
In School Nutrition Education
Currently three elementary schools participate in our School Garden-Based
Nutrition Education program. These schools are: Riddle Elementary School, Willow Elementary
School and El Shabazz Academy. Students at these schools participate in our In-School
Nutrition Education Program which makes monthly visits to each classroom in the school.
During these 1-hour classroom visits students learn about a different fruit or vegetable, how it
grows in the garden and its nutritional value. Students also prepare a healthy recipe using the
featured fruit or vegetable of the month. When the weather permits, students are also able to get
outside to plant seeds, tend to the plants and harvest fresh produce from their school garden!
After School Nutrition Education
Our After School Nutrition Education Program currently runs at three sites. These sites are:
Willow Elementary School, Letts Community Center and Gier Community Center. Kids who sign
up for After School Garden Club participate in a variety of fun activities. Students cook a new
healthy recipe every week, exercise, play games and make arts and crafts! After-School Garden
Club schedule is as follows: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15-4:30pm at Willow Elementary
School, Mondays 4-5pm at Letts Community Center and Wednesdays from 4-5pm at Gier
Community Center. For more information or to register please contact Terra at (517) 999-2894
Summer Garden Camp Program
Even when the school year is over, the learning doesn’t end! The Food System Project also
offers a summer garden camp program where students are able to continue learning and
growing in the garden. Youth will cook a different healthy recipe every day, harvest fresh produce
from the garden and participate in a variety of fun, interactive and educational lessons and
activities. For more information or to register please contact Terra at (517) 999-2894 or
Adult Nutrition Education
Our adult nutrition education program offers a variety of healthy food samplings and physical
education activities at various locations. Our current locations include Letts Community Center,
NorthWest Initative’s Emergency Food Distribution at First Presbyterian Church (510 West
Ottawa St.) and at our Westside Farmer’s Market which runs from 3:30-7:00pm from June 17th-
October 14th for the 2013 season.
We also offer a “Money for Food” class that focuses on helping families with limited resources
to learn how to budget for nutritious food for the entire month. The lessons are designed for use
with the SNAP (food stamps) program but are applicable to everyone. Class size is small and
interactive. Space is limited. For more information on this program please contact Terra at (517)
999-2894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NorthWest Initiative also coordinates two community gardens at the following locations:
• Grace Lutheran Church, 528 N. MLK (MLK/Lapeer)
• Community Garden on the corner of Pine and St. Joe/I-496
We also have several affiliate gardens with space available.
For more information on any of these programs please contact Terra at (517) 999-2894 or
We are always in need of volunteers! Volunteer opportunities range from leading school garden
activities in K-6 classrooms to garden planning, to simply helping to water and weed the
gardens. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, reliable, timely and able to work with
individuals from diverse backgrounds.
If you would like more information on volunteer opportunities,
please contact Terra at (517) 999-2894 or email@example.com.
Donate - Our Gardens Need Your Support!
This program is funded by the Michigan Nutrition Network, which covers staff time and food for
nutrition education purposes. However, every hose, shovel and plant for the garden is made
possible by community donations. These unrestricted funds support school gardens currently
serving over 1,000 students at El Shabazz Academy, Riddle Elementary, and Willow Elementary
schools. If you would like to donate, or if you have questions about our program, please contact
Terra at (517) 999-2894 or
|NorthWest Initiative - North Neighborhood Center
530 W. Ionia St., Suite D, Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-999-2894 Fax: 517-999-2897