DATE: February 17, 2016 MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe Public Information Manager, Broward County Commission PHONE: (954) 357-8053 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward Good News and Commissioner Tim Ryan recognized the Dania Beach PATCH for the good work they do to bring sustainable agriculture to local communities. PATCH (Providing Access to Community Horticulture) was established in 2013 by the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in an effort to eliminate blight and improve the quality of life for residents. The group transformed 1.6 acres of vacant land in the Sun Garden Isles neighborhood into a lush organically grown community produce market. "We are tremendously proud of this project in Dania Beach. Every Saturday there is a farmers market where the produce grown in the garden is available for sale along with fresh produce from other local farmers. I'm happy to recognize the people who make this all possible," said Commissioner Ryan. The PATCH community garden not only yields high-quality, organically grown produce for residents, but provides opportunities to cultivate friendships, strengthen the neighborhood, improve nutrition and enjoy recreational and therapeutic activities. "On any given Saturday, you have people coming to the PATCH to pick up their vegetables, organic honey or anything that is pleasing for our healthy bodies. The PATCH is second to none and we have introduced it to other cities that have called on us to piggyback on what we have done in our city. I encourage everyone in Broward County to eat healthy, think healthy and share it with others," said Dania Beach City Commissioner Bobbie Grace. The Broward Regional Health Planning Council helped to get the program started with a $35,000 grant and community volunteers spent six weeks planting 2,500 vegetable and fruit containers. Volunteers maintain the PATCH with the assistance of two part-time employees. The PATCH is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is located at 1201 West Dania Beach Blvd. in Dania Beach. The Broward Good News initiative brings good news to the public by highlighting the successes of the County, the economic engines of small businesses, good Samaritans and other events that result in a positive outcome for Broward residents and visitors. Broward Good News recognitions take place at regularly scheduled Commission meetings beginning at 10:00 a.m.
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