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Before it’s too late, I’d like to talk about National Farmers Market Week 2013, which began on August 4th and ends August 10th. Farmers markets provide a local source for fresh, nutritious food, encourage local businesses and give communities a gathering place. Pearl Farmes MarketThis is what the Pearl Farmers Market, located in Centennial Park in Tulsa, does on Thursday evenings by hosting farmers, vendors and live music from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Cherry Street Farmers Market is another well-known market in Tulsa. They operate in two locations, Cherry Street on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and on Brookside on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. And if you can’t make it to the Pearl or Cherry Street markets, have no fear. There are plenty of other farmers markets in the area, as the Tulsa World reported on in April. The USDA also has a directory where people can search for local farmers markets all over the U.S.

Like a growing number of farmers markets, the Cherry Street Farmers Market accepts SNAP benefits. As part of their efforts to promote access to nutritious food, the USDA funded efforts to equip markets across the country with the wireless equipment necessary to take the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card used by SNAP recipients.

While not all farmers markets are equipped to take EBT payments,  (more…)

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I haven’t had the time to read all 118(!) pages of this report, but I wanted to share it before it gets swallowed by the paper monster that is my desk right now.  The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published Putting Data to Work: Data-Driven Approaches to Strengthening Neighborhoods

The report looks at how communities are building and using data systems to target resources.  Individual sections are written by authors from The Urban Institute, LISC, Brookings, The Reinvestment Fund, and other organizations.  The report is part of a broader effort from the Federal Reserve, Urban Institute, The Reinvestment Fund, and LISC to “help communities develop the infrastructure and data sources they need to make strategic policy decisions with respect to neighborhood stabilization.”

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The Washington Times reports on a new program proposed by the Obama administration to transform poor neighborhoods across the nation. The initiative, which builds on the Hope VI model, will concentrate action and funding on urban neighborhoods and coordinate investments ranging from public transit to new housing, early childhood education, farmer’s markets, and school reforms:

The HUD budget request Congress will consider in coming months says the program will seek to transform poor neighborhoods into “functioning, sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods by linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation and access to jobs.” …

“The goal of the program is to demonstrate that concentrated and coordinated neighborhood investments from multiple sources can transform a distressed neighborhood and improve the quality of life of current and future residents,” the administration argues in the budget, also saying the initiative “would challenge public, private and nonprofit partners to identify neighborhood interventions that would have the largest return on federal investments.”

If only there were a neighborhood in Tulsa where something like that is already happening? Oh wait – there is!

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The City of Tulsa’s Working in Neighborhoods department (WIN) will be offering free classes on a variety of topics throughout the summer and fall to help improve your neighborhood. All classes will be held at the Central Center at Centennial Park, 1028 E. Sixth Street. Contact the WIN Department liaisons at 596-1292 to RSVP.

May 21, 2009       Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. – Leadership: Communication and Motivation – WIN Liaison

June 04, 2009       Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. – Alert Neighbors Program – Crime Commission

June 11, 2009       Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. – Beautification & Safety of your Neighborhood: Public Works – Graffiti Painting, Curb painting, Clean-up, & Dumpster program, Up with Trees and M.e.t. Recycling

June 20, 2009       Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon – C.A.R.E. (Compassion Around Residents in our Environment) Program – WIN Liaison Church of the Madalene

June 27, 2009       Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Leadership: Dealing with Conflict – Early Settlement Mediation Office and WIN Liaison

July 16, 2009        Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. – Neighborhood Event Planning /Volunteer Neighborhood Code ComplianceProgram – WIN Neighborhood Services Liaison

July 18, 2009        Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. -Where can I get volunteers? -Volunteer Central

July 23, 2009        Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Crime Issues in our Neighborhood: Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) (Tentative)

July 25, 2009        Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Why and how do we set up a 501 C3? – Patience A. Crowder,Director, SEED Law Project at TU College of Law.  Class is community education forum and not legal advice.

Aug. 08, 2009       Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Aging Issues and Assistance – WIN Dept. Area Council on Aging

Sept. 10, 2009      Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -Storm Water, Runoff, etc. – City of Tulsa

Oct. 17, 2009        Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – HOA Workshop *Tentative *– Community Associations Institute. Seeking Sponsors to defray travel expenses for presenters and HOA’s to defray cost of $50 book. Content Sample: Legal Foundation, Finances, Creation and Enforcement of Restrictions, Risk Control and Insurance

Nov. 19, 2009       Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Planning and Zoning Questions – City of Tulsa Planning Department

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