KC Hispanic News: Grand Opening of Community Garden and Farmer's Market

Kansas City Hispanic News- Monday, June 20, 2011
Grand Opening of Community Garden and Farmer's Market

Kansas City Hispanic News

In early June, Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) held its fourth annual Día de la Familia (“Day of the Family”) celebration in the Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. Día de la Familia is a free outdoor event encouraging parents and children to spend time together as a family. The event also offers an opportunity to provide educational information and highlight community services. Several community partners were on hand to share vital information and resources. 

MRC partnered with Samuel Rogers Health Clinic, Truman Medical Center, H&R Block, Cricket, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, LINC, Score One for Health and Kansas City University of Medicine and Bio Sciences, Cultivate Kansas City, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and University of Missouri Extension in implementing
Dia de la Familia. 

Families were treated to a variety of games, raffles and carnival rides in addition to musical entertainment, a special yoga class and chair massages. In addition to the fourth annual celebration, (MRC) announced the grand opening of a new Farmer’s Market and Community Garden. 

La Chalupa Farmer’s Market will be open every Thursday from 2pm - 6pm at 148 N. Topping Ave., Kansas City, MO. In addition, MRC has acquired an abandoned lot and is converting it into a community garden, which will be available to MRC programs and interested community members who want to
get involved in the urban agriculture movement. 

MRC’s Health and Wellness program identified a need in the community to increase access to healthy affordable foods. As programming focused on combating childhood obesity and decreasing the risk of diabetes for the whole family, the staff noticed that a major barrier to creating healthy food habits was access to those foods at a reasonable price.

With the help of many partners in the growing urban agriculture community including; Kansas City Beans and
Greens, Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, Kansas City Community Gardens, the Menorah Legacy Foundation, and the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, MRC invested resources to open the
market and the community garden named Jardin Júbilo. 

For more information, please visit www.mattierhodes.org or call (816) 471-2536.