Community Leadership Award presented to Garden Kitchen Team

Ramon Valadez, Chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, presented the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension’s Garden Kitchen team with the Community Leadership Award on Saturday, October 26 at the Mulcahy YMCA at Kino Community Center in Tucson.

Award recipients included Dr. Dan McDonald, Cheralyn Schmidt, Jennifer Parlin, Stacy Peercy, Louisa O'Meara, and Erika Alvarez.

The award read: “In Grateful Recognition with sincere thanks and appreciation for your determination, action, and tireless work in making your neighborhood and Pima County a better place to live and raise a family. We are tremendously indebted to you for your untiring effort in strengthening the quality of life throughout our community. You truly make Pima County a special and proud place to call home and for this we humbly recognize and thank you.”

The Garden Kitchen is a seed to table program offered through UA Cooperative Extension in Pima County that provides an interactive, hands-on environment for children and adults to learn the importance of good nutrition and physical activity. The goal of this program is to teach community members how to grow, buy, properly store, and cook nutritious, low cost food. Through food demonstrations, hands-on cooking lessons, and gardening education, the Garden Kitchen team aims to teach all of these elements in order to help community members improve their lives.

For more information on the Garden Kitchen program see

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Dan McDonald
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Released date: 
Oct 30 2013