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Nancy Ketchman

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Review for Rooted, Madison, WI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Our agency has collaborated with Center for Resilient Cities many times over the years on a number of projects and successful grant proposals dealing with inner city greening efforts and food system work. One of the Center’s programs – Alice’s Garden – has been a key participant and vendor in our farmers market, selling sustainably grown produce sown, nurtured, and harvested by by local neighborhood residents at the Garden. Several participants from Alice’s Garden are also participating at our Port Washington farm to help transition from a smaller, “backyard” garden to a larger, income-producing plot.

As a background, our agencies are located in an area underserved by quality grocery stores and overpopulated with fast food restaurants and corner convenience stores. The chronic shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables, when combined with poverty and a lack of transportation, create “food insecurity,” or the inability to obtain and consume affordable food. While our agency is working to solve some of the food security issues in the area, we also realize that healthier food is meaningless without safe places for families to walk and play, nutritious school lunch programs, and access to educational and economic opportunities.

This is where the Center for Resilient Cities comes in. The Center brought together many competing nonprofits, social service agencies, government agencies, and churches and started a shared conversation about how to create a vibrant, robust, and healthy community. The strength of the Center for Resilient Cities lies in their ability to listen to residents and to put together projects that promote resident-identified wants and needs. They excel at synchronizing the efforts of distinct and sometimes competing entities to work towards a common goal.

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