The new, chartered 4-H club serving North Omaha will bring together students from OPS schools to experience new opportunities related to sustainable agriculture. Students will drive the focus of urban farming and ecology topics they cover through their 4-H club supported by community educators. Herbalism and meditation will be incorporated to build community resources for self-healing in these spaces. The students will engage in hands-on learning by developing six vacant lots into outdoor classrooms. Omaha Permaculture maintains garden sites in the community and are connected with other rural/urban farmers who can share their experiences and act as field trip sites.
Project objectives from proposal:
This pilot project brings together a number of community partners to work towards three main goals:
- Develop/enhance vacant or underutilized lots in the city as diverse/healthy soil ecosystems capable of providing food, herbs, and native plants to the residents of the surrounding communities and
- Provide educational opportunities for youth and their families facing challenges from high trauma (as measured by ACES) and limited resources by using these growing spaces to teach/learn new skills that improve family health, reduce costs for healthy food, and encourage the sharing of these practices within the urban farming community.
- To establish an urban 4H club.