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Secret Garden Day Camp: Plant filled baskets, bright scarves and an experience they will never forget

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Secret Garden Day Camp: Plant filled baskets, bright scarves and an experience they will never forget

Summer camps kicked off the week of June 10 at the Patch. The Secret Garden Day Camp for children ages 9-16 unlocked the secret wonder of plants through field trips to Oxmoor Farm (The Food Literacy Project), Suzy’s Clay Studio, Louisville Science Center, Bernheim Forest and the Falls of the Ohio. At Oxmoor Farm, campers picked, planted and then cooked plants including strawberries, kale and beets; then they planted tomatoes and cooked omelets. The food festivities did not end there, campers also baked bread and shook cream until it became butter. Along with food fun and cooking an herbal feast, there were crafts to channel the campers’ creativity. Campers studied the art of Henna, wove baskets out of the reed plant, dyed silk scarves with lac bugs and painted with the yucca and mulberry plants. To finish up the week, campers made plants into herbal lotion, grapefruit lotion bars and cosmetics.  Elizabeth Smith, a Recreation & Youth Development Specialist for The Cabbage Patch, said her favorite part was the end result of all of their hard work, “This camp is very tangible, campers get to see what they accomplished and I love to see how excited they are.” The campers learned about plants as food, as dyes and products, Elizabeth said. Campers walked away from Secret Garden Day Camp with plant filled baskets, bright scarves and an experience they will never forget. See more photos on Facebook. ...

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Patch Parents Treated to a Cooking Challenge

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Patch Parents Treated to a Cooking Challenge

On June 21,  Patch Parents were treated to new and exciting program-and a challenge-when volunteers from Yum! Brands took over The Cabbage Patch courtyard. With individual tables set up for each family team, Patch Parents were told they had 45 minutes to cook a healthy meal together with ingredients graciously provided by Yum!. “So you mean…we really have….to COOK!?” one little boys astonishment at the task made everyone laugh a little. When the timer was set, each family quickly got to work. All of the ingredients provided represented ingredients families might have at home, and the exercise encouraged families to work as a team while learning more about creating healthy, sustaining meals at home. The end results were impressive…and delicious. See more photos from the program on...

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The Cabbage Patch To Educate Families about Health & Nutrition with help from Yum!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Press Releases | 0 comments

Tonight, families enrolled in the “Patch Parents” program at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House will learn about nutrition and healthy eating while living on limited means through an interactive cooking “competition” hosted by volunteers from Yum! Brands. The Cabbage Patch served approximately 1,000 individuals and 596 families in 2012, with our most involved members and families coming from West End and downtown neighborhoods identified as “food deserts” with limited access to grocery stores and farmers markets. In addition, many of these families rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide food for their families. Using the Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) food list and SNAP guidelines, volunteers from Yum! have compiled baskets of staple foods that most parents living on food assistance programs would have at home or be able to easily access. Using these ingredients—which include proteins, veggies, fruits, and dry goods—the volunteers will lead participating families in a “cooking challenge” that will teach nutrition and methods for creating healthy, sustaining meals at home. The program will begin tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House (located at 1413 S. Sixth Street), and is designed to foster an educational, family environment. All foods and utensils are being donated through volunteer donations by Yum! About The Patch Parents Program “Patch Parents” is a service offered to parents and guardians of children enrolled in Recreation/Youth Development or Educational Opportunities programs at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House. This service is offered through The Cabbage Patch’s Family Services program, which gives families the opportunity to discover solutions to complex problems and issues while placing strong emphasis on helping families break the cycle of poverty through a commitment to intensive, long-term case management services that move them from instability to stable and healthy family environments. Media Contact:  Charissa Acree cacree@www.cabbagepatch.org (502) 753-4421 (O) (502) 299-2093...

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The Patch Unveils Our “Artists Within”

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

The Patch Unveils Our “Artists Within”

Where can you go to see every-day household items like paper plates, egg cartons, and coffee filters transformed into beautiful pieces of art? At The Cabbage Patch of course! On May 10, The Cabbage Patch was pleased to share the hard work of a group of talented young artists during our 2013 Spring Art Show, held in the lobby of the Polly Williams Art Center at The Cabbage Patch. Members of the Art Education program helped Cabbage Patch members create the unique pieces featured in the show. Their range of work included paintings, paper-mache, needlefelting, as well as individual portraits and drawings. Each piece in the show was unique—just like the member who created it. “The most rewarding part of this job is sitting down with a child who says they ‘can’t draw’ and taking the time to work with them individually and show them how much potential they have.” Perhaps the most prominent feature of the show was “Gill”—a giant paper-mache fish that the children worked on together as a group project . “Gill” was the center of an ocean-themed corner, which also included watercolor fish paintings and indigo scarves hand-dyed by Cabbage Patch members using the Japanese Shibori technique. Elizabeth Smith, a Recreation & Youth Development Specialist for The Cabbage Patch, led the young artists in creating each piece that was featured, and said she drew from Pintrest for much of her inspiration for the various projects. “The most rewarding part of this job is sitting down with a child who says they ‘can’t draw’ and taking the time to work with them individually and show them how much potential they have,” said Smith, who previously worked at the Chicago Botanical Garden.  “You don’t have to give them a lot of instruction—just a little bit—and suddenly the child creates something they never thought they could, and they are so excited and proud to display their work.” On the night of the art show, several children who have gone above and beyond in the Art Education program were recognized and given art supplies so they could continue their artistic endeavors. Art Education is one of the many ways The Cabbage Patch seeks to give our members unique opportunities and experiences.  Of course, we want them to be kids and have fun too. When asked why she enjoyed working on the art show, one award recipient (who had proudly taken the member of the staff around to each of her pieces) answered with a big smile, “I just like it.”  ...

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The Patch thanks our dedicated volunteers!

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

The Patch thanks our dedicated volunteers!

On Thursday, May 9, Holladay Hall played host to Cabbage Patch volunteers and the staff and Cabbage Patch youth who came to thank them for their dedication to our mission to “profoundly change lives.”

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