AHA Wins City of Raleigh 2015 Urban Stewardship Award
Receiving the Urban Stewardship Award: from left, Michael Tiemman, Mayor Nancy McFarlane, AHA Board Member Carol Mitchell, AHA’s Michele McKinley and Sara Merz, AHA Board Member Lisa Humphreys and a representative from Mid-Atlantic Associates, the award sponsor.
AHA was honored to receive the Urban Stewardship Award at the City of Raleigh’s Environmental Awards Celebration April 22, 2015, at the N.C. Museum of Natural Science. The Urban Stewardship Award recognizes a volunteer individual or organization engaged in community building or conservation. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Michael Tiemann, Vice President of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), presented the awards.
In recent years AHA has lead and implemented several major initiatives that significantly impact the City of Raleigh. Of countless programs and initiatives, those that have shaped and supported the wellness of Raleigh’s environment include co-leading the development of the Capital Area Food Network, presenting Dig In!, facilitating the implementation and support of various farmers’ market EBT programs, piloting and successfully implementing a county-wide Farm to Child Care (F2CC) initiative in partnership with Wake County SmartStart and Wake County Cooperative Extension, and supporting physical activity outside via Walk to School, greenways, and air quality in city parks.
AHA provided input to Wake County’s Parks Master Plan and the City of Raleigh’s Pedestrian Plan around health benefits of outdoor spaces and places for people to be physically active as well. AHA is a steward and an innovator in developing and supporting programs that help the City of Raleigh and its rich environment flourish.
From left, Wake County Human Services Director Regina Petteway joined AHA Board Member Carol Mitchell and staff Sara Merz and Michele McKinley to celebrate.
There were a number of other award winners. Among them are Endless Sun Produce, which won the Pioneering Effort Award. Matt Spitzer, who co-founded the business with Chase Werner, spoke at AHA’s Dig In! earlier this year. This year’s Environmental Awards Program included the Urban Agriculture Awards, which provide funding for community gardens and urban farms. Several of the child care facilities are currently launching their Farm to Child Care efforts to include NC produce for snacks and meals; their work to grow child care gardens will compliment F2CC. Congratulations to:
Endless Sun Produce
Raleigh City Farm
Alliance Medical Ministry
Asbury United Methodist Church Community Garden
Liberty Community Garden at Cedar Point Apartments
Wedge Community Garden
A Kind Garden Child Enrichment Center (F2CC)
A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center (F2CC)
Beginning & Beyond Child Development Center (F2CC)
Childcare Network #61 (F2CC)
Method Child Development Center
Primary Beginnings CDC (F2CC)
The funding can be used for irrigations, seeds, equipment, etc. to support the farms and gardens.