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ZIDIKIYAH MORRISON
2019 Bezos Scholar
Categories
Sustainability , Education

Colligate Food Alliance—Young Hands, Green Thumbs

Zidikiyah Morrison and educator Cobren Greer found that roughly 25% of their New Orleans East community had only one serving of fresh fruit or vegetables daily. To bring fresh food education, access, and sustainability to their community the two worked with their school, Livingston Collegiate Academy, to create Young Hands, Green Thumbs. They engaged a group of students and partnered with the vocational program at their school to create an on-site school garden. They will build planter boxes and are working with a local youth farm, Grow Dat, to learn what and when to plant and how to care for it. To celebrate their community garden, they will host a community dinner featuring locally grown produce in dishes created by area culinary students. Their long-term goal is to build the Colligate Food Alliance, a board with three Collegiate schools in their district, to engage students and educators from each school to build and maintain sustainable community gardens. Zidikiyah and Cobren had originally intented on hosting an end of the year community dinner in April or May, and due to COVID-19 the duo had to cancel their culmination event.

Contributed by
ZIDIKIYAH MORRISON
2019 Bezos Scholar
Categories
Sustainability , Education