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The Dania Beach PATCH Urban Farm and Market Honors its Volunteers

June 13th, 2017

Dania Beach, FL – On Saturday June 17th from 9AM – 1PM, the PATCH Urban Farm and Market celebrates and honors the volunteers that have ‘dug in’ and made a difference in the community. Between the months of January – May 2017, volunteers have contributed 743.5 hours at the PATCH, a testament to the dedication of the community in providing a network of secure, healthy food sources. During the event, top volunteers will be awarded shirts and prizes honoring their tireless efforts in maintaining the PATCH Garden and its fresh, healthy, and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.

“The PATCH provides a platform for education, cultural growth, community participation and economic development. Our volunteers are passionate about access to local, healthy and affordable food, offering their time, expertise and philanthropic giving to create more sustainable communities, and we’re proud to support their volunteer and charitable efforts,” states Rachel Bach, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director.

There are numerous ways volunteers can get involved in the PATCH. Gardening volunteers assist by planting, mulching, spreading dirt, weeding, cutting grass, and cleaning up at the PATCH. Greenmarket volunteers help with at-market promotions like cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities, and community outreach. In addition, the PATCH offers a variety of soft skills volunteer opportunities to include programs for youth focused on entrepreneurship and community engagement. To volunteer your time, sign up online here: http://www.handsonbroward.org/register.

The PATCH Farm and Market is located at 1201 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL. The market is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every 3rd Saturday of the month the PATCH hosts special family events.   For more information call 954-924-6801.



The Dania Beach PATCH Urban Farm and Market: 2017 Kids Crown Nominee!

May 1st, 2017

Dania Beach, FL (May, 2017) – The Dania Beach PATCH Urban Farm and Market has been nominated for the 2017 Kids Crown Best Farmer’s Market in Broward County. This annual contest is sponsored by South Florida Parenting Magazine with various categories throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The PATCH was nominated by readers, who live, work and play in the tri-county area. The ballot is divided into FOUR major sections: Family Outings & Activities, Important Matters, Family Eating and Family Shopping & Services. Readers may vote for as many categories as they would like ONCE per hour.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated by our loyal customers and family’s in Broward County as the Best Farmer’s Market in Broward County,” states Rachel Bach, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director. “The PATCH is the ideal candidate for this nomination since we are dedicated to facilitating meaningful connections between all residents of the community, including gardeners, educators, students, family’s and researchers on things pertaining to gardening and community health while providing opportunities to strengthen neighborhoods, improve access to nutritious foods, and enjoy family fun activities. We encourage everyone to vote for us as the Best Farmer’s Market in Broward County!”

The PATCH hosts numerous family-friendly activities and events and has become the primary destination for environmental and health education. The PATCH also provides opportunities for adult and children’s education, through workshops, it’s community garden and field trips and tours for local schools and organizations in order to utilize the garden as a mechanism to introduce students to science, environmental stewardship and entrepreneurship.

The PATCH Farm and Market is located at 1201 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL. The market is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every 3rd Saturday of the month the PATCH hosts special family events. For more information call 954-924-6801.

Voting started at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 1 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 17. Click here to vote: http://tiflorida.secondstreetapp.com/l/2017-Kids-Crown-Voting.



BANANA WAVE® Product Launch – Exclusively at the PATCH!

January 8th, 2016

Dania Beach, FL- On Saturday January 16th, 2016 from 9AM – 3 PM, The PATCH Urban Farm and Market will host its ‘Get Fit for the New Year’ Event to foster healthy food access and lifestyles within the Dania Beach community.  As part of the celebration, BANANA WAVE®, a gluten and dairy-free bananamilk beverage will officially launch their revolutionary product in support of healthy New Year resolutions. “It is no coincidence that Banana Wave has chosen to launch at The PATCH. As a black owned business, Neter has truly shown his commitment to the African American community and hopes to inspire folks to change eating habits and empower change and pride within the community.  What a fitting message to honor Dr. King on this important weekend,” states Rachel Bach Executive Director of the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

The PATCH is located at 1201 West Dania Beach Blvd and event activities will include:

BANANA WAVE® is the only all-natural, 5-in-1 superfood made from bananas, grains and seeds and is packed with heart healthy ingredients, an abundance of vitamins and minerals, sufficient protein and fiber, along with more potassium than most alternative milk beverages. “The PATCH is our go to place for food, fun, farming and festivities and shares some very important core values that we embody at BANANA WAVE®. We are honored to have The PATCH Garden on this very important mission with us to ‘Make HUMANITY, HEALTHY, HAPPY & STRONG!’ and look forward to a lasting partnership,” states Neter “Nature” Alkebulan, founder of BANANA WAVE®. Bananamilk is low glycemic, low in sodium, has no cholesterol, 5 grams of healthy fat and is only 150 calories and unlike any other non dairy beverage on the market.
“Dedicated to promoting healthy living and environmental responsibility, we here at the PATCH are excited to get this product to the local community and begin selling BANANA WAVE® at the market regularly,” states Dion Taylor, Manager of the PATCH.

The name says it all: So join the wave at the PATCH on Saturday January 16th and feel the BANANA POWER! Come decked out in the color yellow and 12 lucky people could win their very own BANANA WAVE® bananamilk beverage, among other items!

More about The PATCH™ Urban Farm and Market can be found at www.thepatchgarden.com
To learn more about Banana Wave visit www.bananawave.com.



Applicants Selected for TOUCH Healthy Community Zone Initiative

July 6th, 2015

Broward Regional Health Planning Council’s (BRHPC) Partnerships Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) Initiative has begun an exciting and ambitious new project – Healthy Community Zones – through its CDC’s Partnership for Improving Community Health (PICH) funding.

After a rigorous selection process the following communities have been selected as the initial Healthy Community Zones:  1) Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale; 2) Dania Beach CRA and the City of Dania Beach; 3) Memorial Healthcare System Hallandale Beach; and 4) A section of unincorporated Broward County designated as the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). BRHPC congratulates those selected and is looking forward to many successes over the next several years as the program is implemented.

The implementation of HCZ through TOUCH will benefit Broward County by providing opportunities to partner and collaborate with TOUCH and leading community organizations in order to foster a shared vision of health, economic development and education in Broward County as well as envisioning and designing improvements for the selected communities in the four (4) TOUCH focus areas which include: Tobacco Free Living; Active Living & Healthy Eating; Healthy and Safe Physical Environments; and Clinical and Community Linkages.

Michael De Lucca, President and CEO of BRHPC notes, “These innovative Healthy Community Zone recipients will receive over $100,000 in technical assistance to energize their residents to take an active role in their health and the health of their community. By working together for a healthier community, these HCZ recipients will help reduce the leading causes of diseases, chronic conditions and early deaths of their residents.”

About the Broward Regional Health Planning Council – Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Inc. (BRHPC) is a not-for-profit, established in 1983, under Florida Statute (408.033), as the legislatively designated Broward County local health planning entity.  BRHPC is committed to delivering health and human service innovations for the uninsured at the national, state and local level through planning, development, implementation, evaluation and organizational capacity.

For more information, please contact Mike De Lucca, President and CEO by telephone at 954-561-9681 Ext. 1201 or via email at MDeLucca@BRHPC.org or you may contact Teina Phillips, TOUCH Director at TPhillips@BRHPC.org



Broward County cities try different approaches to urban farming to improve community health.

May 30th, 2014

In Dania Beach, CRA director Jeremy Earle took a different path when planning a garden. “CRAs sit on the business side of government. They must eliminate blight and show a return on investment,” Earle said.

Instead of a community garden, Earle envisioned a self-sustaining market garden run by locals, creating jobs as well as potentially improving health.

Dubbed PATCH — short for People’s Access To Community Horticulture — the garden took root in 2013 in Dania Beach’s Sun Garden Isles neighborhood, designated a “food desert” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food deserts are areas where the residents have limited healthy food options.

Helped by seed money from the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, the city set out 2,500 grow bags — plastic bags filled with soil and nutrients — on city-owned land that had been a magnet for dirt bikers and trash. Besides being a productive growing medium, the bags safeguarded against possible saltwater intrusion and potential contaminants from a nearby warehouse site, PATCH’s management team said.

Soon the 1.6 acres blossomed with kale and collards, Swiss chard and baby eggplants. With shoppers from Fort Lauderdale as well as the city’s winter Canadian tourist trade,​ PATCH’s profits easily exceeded the $1,000 a year in CRA funds needed to run it.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/18/4123674/gardening-is-just-part-of-the.html#storylink=cpy



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