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Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

In 2016, the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties partnered to create the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. As one of the 50 finalists in the challenge, the City of Perris received a $10,000 grant to continue on to the HealthyCommunity50 Challenge, competing to win the $250,000 grand prize.

About the Challenge

The goal of the challenge is to to encourage small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties to create a positive health impact. The City of Perris has committed to partner with community, faith-based and school groups to create 31 sustainable and edible urban community gardens throughout the City. These gardens will provide a source of fresh fruit and vegetables in disadvantaged neighborhoods with little access to such healthy choices. The 31-garden project, consisting of the Perris Green City Farm, five community satellite hub sites, and 25 neighborhood sites, will endeavor to ensure that all Perris residents can obtain fresh fruits and vegetables within a half-mile of their homes.

The Perris Green City Farm Program community garden will serve as a model to encourage residents to grow their own community gardens.

The City of Perris has until September 2018 to complete the challenge.

Become a Sponsor!

Help us meet the Community Challenge by becoming a sponsor.

If you would like to your organization or residence to be a satellite garden hub, download the application.

Recent Partnerships

Select a partner to see related pictures and learn about its vision for a garden.

Columbia Elementary

Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
“We would like for our students to learn how to establish a school and home garden; learn about healthy foods and vegetables. Provide community outreach nutrition as well as educate the parents of the value of home gardens.”

What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
“We would like to have our students learn about drought resistant plants as well as edible vegetation/vegetables. We would like our students to learn how to establish a garden and learn about the nutritional value of vegetables. The ultimate goal is for our students to design and establish home gardens and grow vegetables and fruits for home consumption. ”

- Thelma Almuena

Before

Columbia Elementary

After

Columbia Elementary garden in progress.

May Ranch Elementary

Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
“I would like to help cultivate and educate my students on how to grow healthy food options.”

What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
“My mission is to establish, maintain and cultivate a school garden with our students. I want the garden to be self-sustaining and give back to the community, school and volunteers with pride and produce.”

- Kellianne HagueShaw

May Ranch Elementary

Pinacate Middle School

Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
“We want to promote growing your own food for the purpose of healthy eating, proper nutrition and just an overall healthy lifestyles with our students and families. ”

What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
“The mission or vision is to educate middle school students on the benefits of healthy eating and nutrition and to prepare our students for the agriculture science program at Perris High School and Heritage High.”

- Rebecca Brown

Pinacate Middle School

Triple Crown Elementary

Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
“It is important for our children to learn the importance of good nutrition and have clear understanding of the role agriculture plays in health.”

What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
“We want Triple Crown scholars to engage in project based learning activities, involving our garden that incorporate NGSS and CCSS. We would also like to partner with the local high schools and the City of Perris to develop an after-school club that maintains the garden and monitors the progress of the plants.”

- Deni Seagrave

Triple Crown Elementary

Seventh Day Adventist Church overhead view.

Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
"We would like to provide a space where people in the immediate neighborhood can grow organic produce that will improve their health and health and their families."

What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
“Our mission is to improve quality of life in aspire human generosity, family togetherness, and community outreach.”

-Bertha Tutt

Seventh Day Adventist Church ground view of potential garden plot.

Overhead view of Avalon Elementary planned garden area.

Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
"We want to give students the opportunity to have hands on experiences in the growing process of food, which will enable students to have a strong foundation in sustainable growing so that as these students become adults, they will be able to lead communities with new technologies and help to produce much needed food. In addition, it ties in with our STEAM education at Avalon and project based learning."

What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
“As we prepare students to go into the 21st century, we need to teach students how to grow food in a healthy sustainable way. It allows the students to have hands on experience working in the garden, taking fresh healthy food to their lunch program, and enjoying their efforts by consuming what they grow. ”

- Tammy Roughton

Ground view of Avalon Elementary planned garden area.

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