"Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
What are you doing for others?'' 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

6th Annual MLK PEACE through PIE Community Event & Fundraiser

On April 2, 2022, Beauty’s Community Garden celebrated its 6th Annual MLK PEACE through PIE Community Event & Fundraiser, virtually via Zoom.  

This year's event featured a Topical talk on, What are Food Deserts and how do they affect me? by Dr. Jasmine Opusunju, Executive Director CANDO Houston. Attendees attended workshops in Urban Gardening and Cooking Healthy.
Throughout the event, attendees, by the turn of the wheel, won gift cards provided by H-E-B and Whole Foods.
This year's event also launches the Pie(s) & More Auction--April 2-29th. Proceeds from the auction support Beauty’s Community Garden’s year-round projects and programs running August 1, 2022 - July 31, 2023.

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors

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Topical Speaker

What are Food Deserts and how do they affect me?

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The term food desert is an area or community, identified as lacking access to nutritious food.  If we don't have access we look for other sources of foods. Living in these areas impact health and quality of life outcomes, such as increased rates of chronic disease and poor health. When we talk about ACCESS it could mean food is available but not affordable, and, or what is available is poor quality. When you look around in the neighborhood what are the sources of food that are accessible.

Dr. Opusunju  introduced Food Swamps, A geographic area with a high density of establishments that sell high calorie, junk and fast foods, compared to healthier food options. Statistics say these neighborhoods have 2.5 more access to fast food restaurants compared to wealthier areas and communities with whole food access.

Finally, our health outcomes and wellbeing are the result of multiple factors. 20%  Healthcare30% Health Behaviors (tobacco, diet/exercise alcohol, sexual activity), 10% Physical Environment (housing), and 40% Social Economic Factors (education, job status, family support, income.)

How can we make a difference?

Be engaged to break down barriers, like access to quality foods and leverage the power we have to make a difference in every community. Beauty's Community Garden is an example of an organization doing just that, through their programs that address food access and nutrition education.

#1 URBAN GARDENING BREAKOUTS

For 30-minutes attendees had the opportunity to choose one of the Urban Gardening presentations. Each class was jam-packed with in-depth instruction, tips, and direction on maximizing successful planting.  Thank you to all the instructors, and attendees for making this year's virtual Urban Gardening breakout classes a success.

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Philippa has been with Beauty's Community Garden for 6 years. Her presentation focused on Soil as a living thing and as a closed loop system, meaning not using external resources to keep your soil healthy and self-sustaining. What Makes Soil Alive? Bacteria, Protozoa, Insects, Worms, Fungi. and Composting  (a gathering kitchen food scraps.) Letting the food scraps break down, serves as a natural soil fertilizer and mimics what happens naturally in nature.

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Michael Penny, provided best organic and DIY organic bug and pest control sprays. (1) Insecticidal soap: Kills, aphids, mites and dissolve the bug's exoskeleton. Direction: Spray early morning/late eventing, once a week on the top and bottom of leaves. Recipe: 2 1/2 T of Dawn dishwashing liquid  2 1/2 T of Vegetable oil and mix into 1 gal of soft water. (2) Spinosad a natural substance  toxic to insects (all bugs--good/bad, kills, caterpillar, fire ants, fleas, fruit flies, spider mites, mosquitos, thrifts, leaf mites. Don't use it on a windy day to avoid spraying the good bugs. (3) Diatomaceous earth shell like substance that cuts bugs as they walk over it and. (4) BT is the top organic worm and caterpillar killer.

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Jeremy Peaches says 50% of bedding plants go into containers instead of in the ground. The advantages to planting in containers aer they use limited space, they are easier to tailor soil for each plant's needs, and serves to camouflage or enhances areas. He covered a few different types of pots and the importance of making sure all pots have holes in them to assure plant has good drainage. He prefers a pot made out of a fabric because it provides good air flow and drainage. He reviewed specific types of soil, how to repot, and the purpose of elements in prepackage soils like: perlite--the little white balls in soil-- used to add aeration (air flow) and help to retain moisture.

Look for recording soon!

#2 COOKING HEALTHY BREAKOUTS

For 30-minutes attendees had the opportunity to choose one of the Cooking Healthy demonstrations with opportunities to ask questions.  We've included the recipes below for your enjoyment. Thank you to all the instructors, and attendees for making this year's virtual Cooking Healthy breakout classes a success.

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