MISSION: The primary mission of Grapevine Farms is to fight obesity in the Big Country through the education of children (and the general populous) about the nutritous value of freshly grown food directly from the farm (or their back yard). The reason that obesity is on the rise in the Big Country is due to the empty calories in today's processed/fast foods (known as caloric imblance). Teaching children how to grow their own food also has economic impact as food you grow yourself is generally cheaper and you eat less because of nutritional content.
GOAL: The Goal of this grant is to raise $1500 in matching funds to build restroom facilities on the farm so that volunteers, youth & adults visiting the farm to learn and teach about nutrition, learn how to grow their own food and to learn the connection between obesity and fast food can be comfortable at the farm in the learning environment.
• According to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, more than 65% of Americans are overweight or obese.
• Obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
• The percentage of children aged 6-11 in the United States who are obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents 12-19 years who are obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.
• In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
• Overweight and obesity are the result of "caloric imbalance" and are affected by various behavioral and environmental factors.
• As the body consumes highly nutritious foods, it will become satiated, reducing cravings, reducing appetite, reducing caloric intake. (when you eat wholesome food, you eat less and take in less calories, thus reducing body fat).
• Big Country residents can grow their own wholesome food in their back yard given the proper education, reasoning and knowledge.
REASON FOR THE ASK: As volunteers and groups visit the farm to learn how nutritious food is grown and how they can grow their own food, they often stay at the farm for hours. Today, the Farm has no readily available comfort facilities limiting the time that visitors may stay at the farm. The Farm recently raised $2500 from the Rotary Club of Abilene (Friday Noon Club). We wish the Rotary Club District 5790 to supplement this amount with a $1500 grant which will enable us to build the proper facilities to enable groups to remain at the Farm longer and learn more about the outdoors and the food cycle.
WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH THE MONEY: A facility of the type shown in the photo will be constructed. A metal sign with "Generousness Donated By Rotary" with the Rotary Logo will be permanently attached to the facility so that all who use it will know that Rotary was the major contributor to the success of the Farm. Permanent fixed facilities are not an option for the Farm because of floodplain issues. Also, the facility is mobile so it may be moved to the area of the Farm where activities are occurring. Used fixtures and materials will be provided whenever available.
Undercarriage $ 1300(a)
Lumber $ 1200(a)
Tile/Flooring $ 1000*
Fixtures $ 500*
Air Conditioners $ 700(b)
Labor $ 2800(b)
Total Cost $ 7500(b)
* Paid by this grant request
(a) paid by local rotary club 2014 grant (money in the bank)
(b) paid by farm through 2014 fundraising (money in the bank)
LOCAL ROTARY INVOLVEMENT: The farm is located inside the city limits of Abilene and is easily accessed. Besides Rotary members and rotary supported non-profits using the farm for events and fundraisers, local Rotary Club members volunteer at the farm to teach young people proper ways to grow food and healthy eating habits to promote good nutrition. We fight obesity, period.