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2018-6-13

Sabra and VSU Tackle Food Security Issues Through Construction of Urban Garden at Ettrick’s Summerseat Property

Monday, June 11, about 15 Sabra Dipping Company employees joined staff and faculty at Virginia State University (VSU) to build the first phase of the Summerseat Urban Garden Project. The project is an initiative of VSU’s Sustainable and Urban Agriculture Cooperative  Extension Program and part of Sabra’s Plants with a Purpose program, which addresses the needs of communities living in food deserts.  

The Summerseat Urban Garden Project is designed to transform the 2.2-acre historic land parcel known as Summerseat into a food and agricultural hub to address food security issues within local schools and communities, enhance nutrition and food education, and bring people together. Summerseat is located on the VSU campus at the corner of Chesterfield Avenue and River Road, across from Ettrick Elementary School and next to VSU’s Multipurpose Center.

The volunteers, who also included several members of the Ettrick community, constructed 10 raised bed gardens that included shorter ones accessible to children and those in wheelchairs and waist-high beds, providing easy access for those who find it difficult to bend over. The beds will hold a wide variety of crops throughout the growing season. The purpose of the raised beds gardens is twofold: to teach members of the community how to successfully grow their own healthy food, as well as to harvest the crops for donation to food distribution centers for residents in and around Ettrick who have low access issues to fresh and nutritious food.

Later phases of the Summerseat Urban Garden Project may include a certified kitchen, nutrition and cooking classes, the development of a historical museum within the Summerseat building and K-12 educational programs

Four years after publishing the ground-breaking study, ‘Food Deserts in Virginia,’ VSU continues to identify ways to raise awareness of the commonwealth’s food security issues and to provide fresh, affordable food to all residents. Sabra Dipping Company shares a similar commitment and believes that everyone should have ready and affordable access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Both entities are confident that together they will be able to create a recreational, historical and productive green space at Summerseat that will provide maximum benefits to the public.

In addition to the Summerseat collaboration, Sabra is providing tuition assistance for students of VSU’s Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Course, which aims to increase competence and marketability for a career in urban agriculture. Students will have an opportunity to apply their skills in Sabra’s 340-square-foot employee workshare garden installed on the Sabra campus in Colonial Heights.

BRUNSWICK ACADEMY HONOR ROLL

6th Six Weeks, 2nd Semester, and End of Year (Bold denotes students in the Honors Program)

THIRD GRADE – 6th Six Weeks – All A – Grayson Newsome, A & B Honor Roll – Jud Farmer, Harrison Grizzard, Alexis Haught, Lilly Ibrahim, Lacey Jamison, Mallory Lewis, Koen Morris, Arya Patel, Kennedi Roberts.

THIRD GRADE – 2nd Semester – All A – Grayson Newsome, A & B Honor Roll – Jud Farmer, Harrison Grizzard, Alexis Haught, Lilly Ibrahim, Lacey Jamison, Mallory Lewis, Koen Morris, Arya Patel, Kennedi Roberts, Grayson Thomas.

THIRD GRADE – END OF YEAR – All A – Grayson Newsome, A & B Honor Roll – Jud Farmer, Harrison Grizzard, Alexis Haught, Lilly Ibrahim, Lacey Jamison, Mallory Lewis, Maddison McAden, Koen Morris, Arya Patel, Kennedi Roberts, Grayson Thomas.

FOURTH GRADE – 6th Six Weeks – All A – Bayne Carroll, Aubrey Corum, Rickey Grassel, Riley Griffin.

A & B Honor Roll – Bryce Abernathy, Saige Coker, Olivia Evans, Landon Jennings, Emily King, Mason Hardy, Cali Pegram, Nathan Talbert, Kylie Walker.

FOURTH GRADE – 2nd SEMESTER – All A – Bayne Carroll, Aubrey Corum, Ricky Grassel, Riley Griffin, Emily King, Kylie Walker.  A & B Honor Roll – Bryce Abernathy, Saige Coker, Olivia Evans, Mason Hardy, Landon Jennings, Langley Keefe, Cali Pegram, Nathan Talbert.

FOURTH GRADE – END OF YEAR – All A – Bayne Carroll, Aubrey Corum, Ricky Grassel, Riley Griffin, Emily King, Kylie Walker.  A & B Honor Roll – Bryce Abernathy, Saige Coker, Olivia Evans, Mason Hardy, Landon Jennings, Langley Keefe, Makenzie Leemon, Cali Pegram, Mankirit Singh, Nathan Talbert.

Head of School’s List – All A’s

Grade 9:   Tyler Creedle, Hunter Greene, Meredith Lucy, Brady Talbert, Christian Williams;

Grade 10:  Katie-Lynn Chandler, Jacob Farmer, Sadler Lundy, Emily Robertson;

Grade 11Taylor Capps, Morgan Moore, Jonathan Paul, Lucy Smith, Hannah Waller, Courtney Walton;

Grade 12:  Benjamin Lewis; John Myrick; Halie Dru Sadler.

(*Dual Enrollment students qualify at the end of the semester.)

“A” & “B” Honor Roll

Grade 9:   Brysen Diefert, C. K. Greene III, Seong (Peter) Jung, Jun-Young (Jun) Park, Kyle Powell, Naomi Sadler, Nelia Washburn;

Grade 10:  William Bryant, Jr., Parker Burke, Kyleigh Capps, Peyton Coleman, Hart Creedle, Joseph Fajna, Logan Hyde, Morgan Jamison, Paige Jennings, SuttonMontgomery, Katelyn Ottaway, Reanna Powers, Davis Roberts,Kyle Tanner, Katie Wright;

Grade 11:  Savannah Greene, Jinheng (Jacob) Hu;

Grade 12:   Slayten Farmer, Claire Gregory, Matthew Harrison, Sarah Poarch, Yuwei (Tiffany) Wang, Blake Washburn.

(*Dual Enrollment students qualify at the end of the semester.)

Menopause What Every Woman Must Know

Eric Reinertson, MD

Community Out-Reach Education

South Hill – Menopause is an inevitable component of aging.  The physical and emotional symptoms may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy and affect overall health.  What happens during menopause?  What is hormone therapy and how is it given?  What can you do to stay healthy after menopause?

If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend June’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital to learn more about menopause.

This FREE program will be on Tuesday, June 19th at 4:00 p.m. in the VCU Health CMH Education Center inside the new C.A.R.E. Building located at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill.

Dr. Eric Reinertson will be the speaker for the program.  Dr. Reinertson is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He practices at VCU Health CMH Women’s Health Services located in the C.A.R.E. Building at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill, VA. 

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2550 or visit www.vcu-cmh.org.

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