We're transforming food deserts to beauty!
Beauty's Community Garden programs, events and educational materials focus on breaking the cycle of food insecurity, poor nutrition, and the resulting health outcomes people experience who have limited access to fresh produce. These communities are called food deserts, and our garden is location in one, of forty plus food deserts in Houston. We are committed to bringing them out in the open. The first stage of transformation requires acknowledgement.
Learning about what we eat and where it comes from, has a transformative influence on how we grow, feel, and act.
More than giving food that feeds for a day, we teach how to be your own food source, and the advantages of bringing plant-based foods into your diet. You'll gain a global, cultural, and scientific appreciation for food, that will set you on a lifetime path of personal, physical, and emotional wellbeing.
Name - Beet (root vegetable)
The beet is a root vegetable, we learn about the many varieties, colors, and its scientific name and botanical classification.
The entire beet plant is edible. The beet-root portion can be boiled, roasted, pureed, and juiced. We explore recipes and uses in different cultures.
1 cup of beets have lots of vitamins and minerals, are low in calories and fat. (16% of Potassium (518 mg 11% DV), Folate (148 mg / 37% DV), Carbohydrates (natural sugar) 9.2 grams)
A cool season crop (spring & fall) grows easily from seed, loves sun. Harvest 45-65 days. Likes pH between 6.0-7.0 alkaline sandy soil in spring, heavier soil in fall.
Beets improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and beet juice can help inflammation. Beets also increase detoxification enzymes.
Origin & History
Beets originated from the sea beet in the Mediterranean region. The beet root was cultivated in the Middle East in the 8th century B.C.
“I started volunteering at Beauty’s Garden in 2020 to raise vegetables and work in a garden like I love to do. It’s hard to make new friends in middle age, and to make it worse I came to Houston at the beginning of the pandemic so I was so isolated, living and working alone. There was no where to go! Nothing was open where I could talk to other people! The Garden turned out to be the only place I could bring my mask and interact safely, outdoors, with diverse but like-minded people. We literally have people from age 8 to 80 coming to help every week. During a time of loneliness and crushing ennui across the country, we’re growing organic food together for the needy, learning about horticulture, and sharing at our potlucks. I hardly know anyone in Houston but my Beauty’s Garden friends are looking forward to seeing me every week.”
Knowledge is Power!
Root level transformation happens through discovery, empowerment, and support focused on a path to a healthy and dignified life.
PROGRAMS: Our programs provide the foundation to our community impact. The Sowing & Reaping and Cooking Healthy programs are held either at the garden, and sometimes online. Our Desert to Beauty program expands our community engagement and impact to other 40+ Food Deserts communities. This is just a taste of what to expect. You can learn more about what we're up to by clicking the link below.
PUBLICATION: The Green Seedling Magazine, is a seasonal, quarterly fun-filled, STEAM, educational magazine providing engaging focused content for the whole family. It reinforces the mission of Beauty's Community Garden, by focusing on becoming your own food source, learning about plant-based foods, and their impact on your physical and emotional wellbeing.
SUPPORT: As a non-profits, we count on you to lend a hand to help us make a difference. Whether its through volunteering, or participating in our funding campaigns, like our Pie(s) & More Auction (April 2-29,2022) you'll make a difference on our ability to create, fund and share our year-round programs running Aug 1, 2022 - July 31, 2023.
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