The City of Miramar’s Community and Economic Development Department was recognized for its work in the creation and maintenance of the Miramar Intergenerational Fruit & Vegetable Garden by the American Planning Association during their 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans in April.
The 7400-square foot garden, located in Historic Miramar, is maintained by volunteers and serves as an educational resource for the community to learn about the sources of fresh produce and healthy living, participate in community service, and hands-on health-based learning. The City of Miramar won the nationwide recognition in the Sustainable Park, Recreation or Open Space Project category, one of eight winners from across the country representing extraordinary achievements in Sustainable Planning.
“The Garden’s community-building formula is about inviting any and all to do something together, to share a quality moment and feel good about it,” said Elsi Rose, Development and Capital Engagement Coordinator.
Since the garden’s inception in 2010, it has gained valuable partners who want to contribute to the City’s commitment to health and wellness education. Partners include Slow Good Glades to Coast, HandsOn Broward, Baptist Health South Florida, and Feeding South Florida.
“Over the past six years of our collaboration, the Miramar Community Garden has provided a valuable opportunity for our volunteers to connect to the environment in a hands-on way while learning how to grow fresh organic produce,” said Dale Mandell, President and CEO of HandsOn Broward.
The Intergenerational Fruit and Vegetable Garden was created to address higher-than-average levels of preventable chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity and heart disease. While working with partners and encouraging civic engagement, Miramar is actively fostering an environment for better health while providing low-cost nutritious food alternatives.