The Patch

The Dania Beach PATCH Farm and Market Launches Apprenticeship Training Program

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 4:31pm

Dania Beach, FL – The PATCH Apprenticeship Training Program (PATP), a forty-hour program, is a collaborative effort championed by the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Broward Regional Health Council, SURG Consulting, LLC and PATCH CAN.  The program will kick-start on Saturday July 15th, 2017 offering opportunities for six qualified participants to receive a paid apprenticeship. The application deadline is June 30th by 5PM and interested persons should email Jaime Castoro at JCastoro@BRHPC.org outlining why you are interested in the apprenticeship, what experience, if any, you have in farming and what qualities you think you will bring to the team.

“This is a great opportunity for the right individual to have an immersive experience in the operation of an organic farm and market. Our promise to you is thorough training of all farm tasks, a safe and welcoming environment, opportunities to learn from other farmers with different systems, and opportunities to assist at the farmer’s markets and with PATCH sponsored community activities,” states Rachel Bach, Dania Beach CRA Executive Director.

Class days are every Saturday and Sunday beginning on Saturday, July 15th through Sunday, August 6th from 7:30AM – 1:30PM. This program has been specifically designed for the PATCH Farm and Market with hopes to train individuals for Dania Beach and other cities looking to launch similar projects.  This first of its kind in Broward County Apprenticeship Program will provide participants the opportunity to discover how food production connects communities and builds health and wellness; how to select, grow and harvest crops; about market operations and how to maximize harvests; and how to supply fresh local produce to your community. Through this Apprenticeship, participants will develop the job skills that could lead to employment at local farmer’s markets and urban farms or nurseries.

The PATCH Farm and Market is located at 1201 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL. The market is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every 3rd Saturday of the month the PATCH hosts special family events.   For more information call 954-924-6801.

The Dania Beach PATCH Urban Farm and Market Honors its Volunteers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 2:43pm

Dania Beach, FL – On Saturday June 17th from 9AM – 1PM, the PATCH Urban Farm and Market celebrates and honors the volunteers that have ‘dug in’ and made a difference in the community. Between the months of January – May 2017, volunteers have contributed 743.5 hours at the PATCH, a testament to the dedication of the community in providing a network of secure, healthy food sources. During the event, top volunteers will be awarded shirts and prizes honoring their tireless efforts in maintaining the PATCH Garden and its fresh, healthy, and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.

 “The PATCH provides a platform for education, cultural growth, community participation and economic development. Our volunteers are passionate about access to local, healthy and affordable food, offering their time, expertise and philanthropic giving to create more sustainable communities, and we’re proud to support their volunteer and charitable efforts,” states Rachel Bach, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director.

There are numerous ways volunteers can get involved in the PATCH. Gardening volunteers assist by planting, mulching, spreading dirt, weeding, cutting grass, and cleaning up at the PATCH. Greenmarket volunteers help with at-market promotions like cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities, and community outreach. In addition, the PATCH offers a variety of soft skills volunteer opportunities to include programs for youth focused on entrepreneurship and community engagement. To volunteer your time, sign up online here: http://www.handsonbroward.org/register.

The PATCH Farm and Market is located at 1201 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL. The market is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every 3rd Saturday of the month the PATCH hosts special family events.   For more information call 954-924-6801.

The Dania Beach PATCH Urban Farm and Market: 2017 Kids Crown Nominee!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:38am

Dania Beach, FL (May, 2017) – The Dania Beach PATCH Urban Farm and Market has been nominated for the 2017 Kids Crown Best Farmer’s Market in Broward County. This annual contest is sponsored by South Florida Parenting Magazine with various categories throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The PATCH was nominated by readers, who live, work and play in the tri-county area. The ballot is divided into FOUR major sections: Family Outings & Activities, Important Matters, Family Eating and Family Shopping & Services. Readers may vote for as many categories as they would like ONCE per hour.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated by our loyal customers and family’s in Broward County as the Best Farmer’s Market in Broward County,” states Rachel Bach, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director. “The PATCH is the ideal candidate for this nomination since we are dedicated to facilitating meaningful connections between all residents of the community, including gardeners, educators, students, family’s and researchers on things pertaining to gardening and community health while providing opportunities to strengthen neighborhoods, improve access to nutritious foods, and enjoy family fun activities. We encourage everyone to vote for us as the Best Farmer’s Market in Broward County!”

The PATCH hosts numerous family-friendly activities and events and has become the primary destination for environmental and health education. The PATCH also provides opportunities for adult and children’s education, through workshops, it’s community garden and field trips and tours for local schools and organizations in order to utilize the garden as a mechanism to introduce students to science, environmental stewardship and entrepreneurship.

The PATCH Farm and Market is located at 1201 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL. The market is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every 3rd Saturday of the month the PATCH hosts special family events. For more information call 954-924-6801.

Voting started at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 1 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 17. Click here to vote: http://tiflorida.secondstreetapp.com/l/2017-Kids-Crown-Voting.

Earth Day At The PATCH

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 12:31pm

Dania Beach, FL (Saturday, April 16, 2016) - Join us at the Dania Beach PATCH (People's Access To Community Horticulture) as we join with the Dan Marino Foundation, the Humana Foundation, friends of the Dania Beach Library, the YMCA of South Florida and other community partners in celebrating Earth Day! In addition to the Farmers Market featuring fresh locally grown produce and family friendly fun, the Memorial Healthcare System will be available to provide FREE Blood Pressure Checks!

Special thanks to the Humana Foundation who will be presenting the Broward Regional Health Planning Council with a grant for $150,000 to provide Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management Programs led by Healthy Community Zone Partners and the YMCA-of South Florida.

"Earth Day reminds us to take care of all of those things that keep us, our families, our worksites, our communities and our world, healthy," said Michael De Lucca, President and CEO of BRHPC. "The support of the Humana Foundation will help ensure our communities' health as we work to prevent chronic conditions and diseases."

Some of the fun family-friendly activities include a scavenger hunt, ladybug release, arts and crafts for the kids, farm activities and Go, Slow, Whoa games. The Market is open for customers to purchase locally grown produce and a barbecue lunch. As always SNAP/EBT holders enjoy 50% savings on all Florida produce purchases. Additionally, there will be awareness raising information about Autism, ways to eat healthy and be active at The PATCH, and new free programs at CW Thomas Parks for Diabetes Prevention and Diabetes Self-management.

Thank you to all of our partners for working together for a healthier Broward!

Date Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Location The Dania Beach PATCH
1201 West Dania Beach PATCH
Dania Beach, FL 33004