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the project

The Liberty City Health in the Hood community vegetable garden provides green space, healthy foods health education for children and families in this disenfranchised neighborhoods and food deserts.

Heath in the Hood installed and maintains a large vegetable gardens in Liberty City, one of Miami’s largest food deserts. The vegetables grown in our gardens are distributed to provide free fresh produce to children and families living in Liberty City.

We host free produce give away events, urban gardening workshops and nutrition and fitness for children and families. We provide quality, fun and creative health education workshops and physical fitness classes for residents in this disconnected communities.

Our vision is for improved health in low-income communities with children and families actively participating in their health. Using a multi-faceted approach to address community health and environmental issues, in conjunction with public schools, local businesses, government, civic leaders and community experts, Health in the Hood provides green spaces and healthy living opportunities in communities of need.

the steps

With support from integral donors we host install and maintain this community garden, while providing  health education workshops, free produce give-away events and physical fitness classes with children and families in Liberty City. Health in the Hood program activities include:

A. Urban Gardening: Children and families volunteer in the Health in the Hood gardens to plant, maintain, water and harvest their own vegetables, in their neighborhoods.

B. Healthy Snack Tastings: Families enjoy tasty healthy snacks including kale chips and delicious healthy vegetable and fruit juices. Children receive prizes for tasting and learning about new healthy foods.

C. Fitness Classes: Yoga and light aerobic "Let's Move" based classes for children and families.

D. Seedling Giveaways: Children build planters from recycled materials. We guide children through the process of planting seedlings, usually tomatoes, lettuce or onions depending upon the season. Children take their planters to foster healthy eating at home.

why we're doing it

Health in the Hood aims to eliminate the environmental/community challenge of  food deserts and lack of green spaces in low-income communities.

A food desert is a district with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer the fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. Instead of such stores, these districts often contain many fast food restaurants and convenience stores. According to the Miami Dade Health Department about 250,000 Miami-Dade residents live in low-income areas that have poor supermarket access and higher than average death rates from diet-related causes.

Residents living in food deserts very often lack the resources needed to make healthy food choices, like transportation, nutritional education and money. Local stores in food deserts offer cheap, packaged, sodium and preservative filled foods and little to no fresh produce.  Families are forced to feed their children unhealthy foods in order to put meals on the table. Poor diets lead to obesity in children and adults. Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health chronic conditions, including: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and gallbladder disease.

Families residing in food deserts also have little access to health and environmental education.  This creates a palpable disconnect from the source of healthy foods and how to include them in daily life.  Our urban gardens provide hands on health and environmental education for children and families in 3 of Miami’s low income neighborhoods.

We aim to increase access to health education, physical fitness and healthy eating for children and families who reside in disadvantaged neighborhoods.



Health in the Hood Inc. 2013-14 Program and Operating Budget     
Category Estimated # of Units  Estimated
Cost Per Unit
 Urban Gardens/ Healthy Eating         
Cinder Blocks 2250 $1.20 $2,700.00  
Enriched Soil 40 $300.00 $12,000.00  
Standard Ground Barrier 300 $2.23 $669.00  
Polymax Grow Tube 600 $1.58 $948.00  
Wheel barrels 3 $100.00 $300.00  
Pick Axes 5 $50.00 $250.00  
Gloves 50 $5.00 $250.00  
Tiller 1 $500.00 $500.00  
Water hoses 3 $70.00 $210.00  
Rakes 5 $50.00 $250.00  
Hoes 5 $70.00 $350.00  
Industrial garbage bags   $100.00 $100.00  
Pest Control   $1,000.00 $1,000.00  
Fertilizer   $500.00 $500.00  
Seeds/Seedlings   $2,500.00 $2,500.00  
Watering   $2,000.00 $2,000.00  
Produce Containers   $250.00 $250.00  
Healthy Snack Ingredients    $1,500.00 $1,500.00  
Supplemental Produce   $2,500.00 $25,000.00  
Misc. Supplies   $1,000.00 $1,000.00  
Transportation   $1,500.00 $1,500.00  
Storage   $1,000.00 $1,000.00  
Urban Gardens/ Healthy Eating Costs Total     $54,777.00  
Physical Fitness        
Fitness Mats 25 $15.00                      $375.00  
Yoga Supplies   $100.00                    $100.00  
Hand Weights 20 $5.00                    $100.00  
Exercise Tools   $250.00                    $250.00  
Towels 25 $5.00                     $125.00  
AV Equipment   $300.00                            $300  
Water                              $300  
Physical Fitness Costs Total                           $1550  
Salaries and Consultants        
Program Director   $40,000.00 $40,000.00  
Horticultural Expert    $10,000.00 $10,000.00  
Manual Labor 3 $15,000.00 $45,000.00  
Salaries and Consultant  Cost Subtotal      $95,000  
Facilities Rental      $4,535.00  
Utilities      $540.00  
Internet     $480.00  
Telephone     $520.00  
Printing     $1,000.00  
Postage      $300.00  
Office Supplies     $500.00  
Travel     $1,000.00  
Meeting Costs     $250.00  
Bookeeping/Accounting      $1,000.00  
Administration Costs Total     $10,125.00                   

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $8,073
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $4,844
TOTAL TO RAISE = $174,403

RAISED = $8,500.00
less ioby Platform Fee (paid by the Miami Foundation) $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) (paid by the Miami Foundation) $391.90




Expenses - Line Item Total Cash Expenses
Project Staff $1,000.00
Consulting Services $740.00
Materials / Supplies $5,000.00
Marketing/Publicity/Advertising $250.00
Printing & Copying $260.00
Postage & Delivery $75.00
Travel – Local $225.00
Equipment Rental $500.00
Space Rental for project activities $450.00
Other Costs (Itemize Below)  



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