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New Haven Register Reports on FHCHC DPP/Chabaso Garden and New Haven Farms Expansion!

In Community Garden on August 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

The New Haven Register printed an article this past Sunday on the FHCHC DPP/Chabaso Garden and New Haven Farms initiative to improve health and community development through urban agriculture.

Read the article and watch the video here!



Parade Magazine Features Dr. Anne Camp and the Diabetes Prevention Program!

In About the Program on May 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Check out the Diabetes Prevention Program and our health hero Dr. Anne Camp in Parade Magazine‘s most recent issue!


With 7 million readers nation-wide, we hope the article brings awareness to the opportunity of preventing type 2 diabetes.

Winter Garden – In Full Swing

In Community Garden on February 1, 2011 at 4:43 PM

The Diabetes Prevention Program and Chabaso Bakery Winter Garden is in full swing. No snow, sleet, or rain will stop our kale. No spinach will be dislodged by cold gusts, nor will our cilantro (who said cilantro was a warm-weather crop?) be disheartened by its neighboring rosemary’s thick branches. This winter, the greens reign in their small hoop house.

The trek up to the greenhouse. That’s right, in addition to heat from the ovens, we have electricity.


Alex Cordova, garden volunteer, getting beds ready for arugula, collards, and mesclun greens.


Rebecca Kline, garden manager, tucking in arugula seeds.


Mustard greens, baby lettuce, and red kale gather dew in the early morning.


Mesclun mixes and turnip greens for a gorgeous snowy morning salad. Yum.



Oven Heat Warming Greenhouse

In Community Garden on November 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Winter descended last week, settling in like an overly enthusiastic sports fan shimmying between two obviously annoyed onlookers on either side. We at the garden, however, were not fazed. Number one, we have a stellar greenhouse. The dark afternoons are no deterrent, what with a little electricity, nor are the threatening winds skimming off the Long Island Sound and through the largely hollow Fair Haven streets.

The real prize, though, is our newest innovation.

This week the Chabaso Bakery staff installed a pipe that connects an oven vent to our greenhouse. The oven heat hovers around 80 degrees as it leaves the bakery walls, and has succeeded in maintaining a growing environment that rivals warmer CT falls. A fringe benefit is the flavor of garlic ciabatta in the air. Everything is warm and growing, including the summer turnips we ever so gingerly planted out of season.

The truth is that growing in a heated greenhouse 12 months per year is unnatural, and poses some complications, as Eliot Coleman pointed out to us last week in his visit to New Haven. He loved that we were capturing oven heat, but warned without enough sun, nitrates are not processed and could remain in the plants. Nitrates are dangerous to human health. Needless to say, we will have our leafy greens tested before dividing the harvest for our participating growers.

The metal piece was installed over the oven vent. The wooden box contains a silver pipe moving the heat.

The metal pipe ends when it enters the greenhouse. We open the doors to move the heat around.

Hope for Diabetes Prevention Grows in Chabaso’s New Haven Garden – Press Release

In About the Program on November 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Click below to read a comprehensive view of Chabaso and the Fair Haven Community Health Center’s partnership.

News Release

Contact: Dorothy Radlicz
203.562.9007 x838

Hope for Diabetes Prevention Grows
in Chabaso’s New Haven Garden

New Haven, Conn. (October 8, 2010) – Chabaso Bakery and Fair Haven Community Health Center have partnered to prevent diabetes in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven, with a new garden and education program to promote healthy lifestyle habits among people at risk.

Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC) is a not-for-profit health care organization providing primary care and a full spectrum of community wellness programs in the surrounding underserved neighborhood.  Alarmed by diabetes rates approaching an epidemic scale among younger individuals, FHCHC medical professionals founded the Diabetes Prevention Program in 2007 as a family-focused lifestyle intervention program.  Through nutrition and physical education classes, participants battle a calamitous disease that many forget or don’t know is treatable and preventable.

The Diabetes Prevention Program starts by screening all at-risk patients of the FHCHC identifying those individuals most likely to contract the debilitating and deadly disease. The second phase of the prevention program engages whole families, enlisting children and parents to learn about diet and nutrition, exercise, and other aspects of healthy lifestyles. This program was initially funded by Connecticut Health Foundation and is now part of a larger research study with the Donaghue Foundation-supported Yale Center for Clinical Investigation.

According to Anne Camp, MD, the Director of FHCHC’s unique family-oriented Diabetes Prevention Program, “We’ve added an innovative community gardening component to our strategy.  People with borderline diabetes can become members of the garden by planting, weeding, and taking home a share of the harvest. As an added benefit, the garden provides at-risk patients of all ages with plenty of healthful exercise, as well as education about nutrition-packed vegetables not ordinarily found in this area of the city.”

The Garden itself embodies the vision of local New Haven entrepreneur and community benefactor, Charles Negaro, owner of Chabaso Bakery. Mr. Negaro designed this garden adjacent to his artisan bakery some years ago.  “It was intended to provide healthy food for bakery employees,” Negaro said. “Realizing that the garden required more than part-time attention, I began searching for volunteer gardeners from the community. At the same time, Dr. Camp was looking for a garden space not too far from Fair Haven Community Health Center.” Conveniently, the Diabetes Prevention Program fit right into Chabaso’s neighborhood gardening initiative. Gardening has since become a mainstay of family health, fitness, and fun at FHCHC.”

“It has been proven that high-risk individuals can delay or avoid developing Type 2 Diabetes through regular physical activity and a diet low in fat and calories,” said Rebecca Kline, Diabetes Prevention Program Communications Manager at FHCHC, and FHCHC/Chabaso Community Garden Manager. “We are reducing the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes here in New Haven,” Ms. Kline reports. “In an urban area where 88% of the population lives below the federal poverty level, and fresh produce is an anomaly, it is not an easy task to stay healthy. Access to tasty, fresh veggies, knowledge of their nutritional and dietary value, beneficial gardening exercise and awareness of the implications of diabetes have been combined to successfully reduce the risk of diabetes among program participants.”

Improved access to nutritious foods through the garden, and comprehensive lifestyle education are signs of a win-win health intervention. The program aims to expand participation, garden acreage, and influence throughout the neighborhood.

For more information on the FHCHC/Chabaso Community Garden, contact Rebecca Kline, Garden Manager, at rebkline@gmail.com

To make a donation to the FHCHC Diabetes Prevention Program go to this web link:https://www.justgive.org/basket?acton=donate&ein=06-0883545

Chabaso Bakery was established in New Haven, Connecticut in 1995. The local community recognized the outstanding taste and bona fide quality of the bakery’s bread and sustained the fledgling business. Using authentic old-world ovens, only the best natural ingredients and no trans-fats, founder Charles Negaro, and some very talented bakers, set out to match the best ciabattas, loaves, batards, rolls, Stix™, baguettes and boules in the world. Today Chabaso breads are available fresh every day in small food stores and large supermarket chains along the US east coast. For more information call (203) 562 9007, or visit online at www.chabaso.com


Yale Daily News Reports on DPP Garden!

In About the Program on November 4, 2010 at 4:33 PM


Fair Haven Garden Gets Greenhouse

By Jenny Dai

Contributing Reporter

Thursday, October 28, 2010

While Yalies may complain about skimpy salad bars, some residents in Fair Haven can barely afford fresh vegetables or fruits every day. A new community garden hopes to change that.

This month, during the Yale Graduate Day of Service, graduate students completed the construction of a greenhouse for the garden. The community garden is part of a diabetes prevention program organized by the Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC) and launched in June. The prevention initiative encourages people at risk for the disease to exercise, learn about nutrition and work in the garden in exchange for fresh vegetables. Chabaso Bakery, a chain of bakeries, and Growell, a greenhouse-building company in Cheshire, donated the materials to set up the garden and build the greenhouse.


Photo by Sarah Sullivan


Photo by Sarah Sullivan

Diabetes prevention is particularly important in Fair Haven, a low-income, predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, where residents are at a higher risk for diabetes because they usually eat the cheapest and most unhealthy food, said Rebecca Kline, Diabetes Prevention Program communications and community garden manager for FHCHC.

Typically, three or four participants come to work in the garden from 9-11:00 a.m. or 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Kline said. They plant, and at the end of a work session, they divide up whatever is ready to be harvested to bring home to their families, she added.

Parents are also encouraged to bring their children, “because diabetes is a family, community-based disease,” Kline said.

“I like working here because it relieves stress and I learn how to plant things,” said Margarita, one of the participants who has been working in the garden once or twice a week since June. Having no children of her own, she said she often brings her niece.

Catherine Fontana GRD ’15, an organizer of the Yale Graduate Day of Service, said she hoped that “the event allowed students to connect with their community in such a way that they continue their service there beyond the Yale Day of Service.”

In fact, Yalies are more connected to Fair Haven than they realize, said Kline, adding that Fair Haven is the neighborhood where many Yale dining hall and maintenance workers live.

The Chabaso garden was originally developed by Nancy Dennett, wife of owner Charles Negaro of Chabaso Bakery, to supply employees with healthy food. This spring, she collaborated with Elizabeth Magenheimer from FHCHC to set up a community garden dedicated to helping Fair Haven residents who are at risk for diabetes. A study by the National Institutes of Health concluded that effective exercise and a healthy diet can reduce risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. The garden is a way to carry out the results of the study in the Fair Haven community.

“Now the work is to translate that and implement that,” said Dr. Anne Camp, director of the Diabetes Prevention Program at FHCHC.

“One day, I want to start a farm in Fair Haven so that everybody will be able to eat vegetables of this quality at least once a day,” said Kline after Margarita informed her that the vegetables she took home last time lasted three days.

The community garden is located behind the Chabaso Bakery at 360 James St.


Oaxacan Agriculture Educator Visits DPP/Chabaso Garden!

In Community Garden on October 15, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Kiado Cruz, one of the community organizers for Oaxaca, Mexico’s La Red Autónoma por la Soberanía Alimentaria: The Autonomous Network for Food Sovereignty (RASA), visited the DPP/Chabaso garden this morning. He is on a three-week, multi state tour of the US hosted by Witness for Peace talking about his work with indigenous urban gardeners in Oaxaca, Mexico.

We found that we had an enormous amount in common; methods of grassroots recruitment, environmental challenges, communication with participants. Similar to our Diabetes Prevention Program participants, Kiado’s Mexican constituents have a history of gardening or farming, but are unable to invest in a substancial source of fresh fruits and vegetables in their current urban conditions.

He took home some of our jalapenos and habaneros, and a bag of fresh Chabaso bread on which to enjoy them.

For more info on Kiado and RASA’s work, click here.

Kiado Cruz (left) and his translator Nicole Moran entering the greenhouse

DPP/Chabaso Garden Manager Rebecca Kline, Witness for Peace Regional Organizer Susan Letendre, Kiado Cruz and Nicole Moran sharing knowledge

Kiado, explaining RASA's gardener recruitment methods to a rapt audience including Rebecca Kline, Susan Letendre, Nicole Moran, and Anne Somisel.


Greenhouse Construction!

In Community Garden on October 15, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Mike Tripodina and his staff at GroWell in Cheshire, CT, generously donated a greenhouse last week. Novels are made of these stories. For weeks I spoke with growers around Connecticut. Small growers, big commercial operations – all recommended Mike Tripodina. Meanwhile, there was no money falling off the Fair Haven trees for this project. The week before I expected a group of Yale Graduate students in the garden, I took a deep breath and made the call.

‘Hi! Is this Rebecca Kline, and I am calling for Mike.’

‘Not here right now. What can I help you with? This is Ray.’

I proceeded to talk Ray’s ear off. I don’t think I stopped for literally five minutes straight. Diabetes, prediabetes, low-income neighborhood, health clinic, Chabaso bakery, veggies for the winter, etc. etc. etc.

‘I’ll write a note for Mike to call you back. You can send an email about your program now if you want.’

10 mins later I clicked send, and the email bounced right back into my inbox. When I called GroWell back to confirm the email address, none but Mike himself picked up the phone.

‘This is Rebecca Kline. I just spoke to Ray – I’m calling from the Fair Haven Community Health Center.’

‘Oh yes – I saw the note. You want a bunch of stuff for free.’

And that was the beginning of the Fair Haven Community Health Center and Chabaso Bakery’s relationship with Mike Tripodina and Growell.

Mike offered us a barely-used commercial size greenhouse, that happened to be the exact size of our garden at Chabaso. Charles Negaro, owner and champion of the Chabaso Garden, set up his trucks to pick up the materials the next day and assigned his head of operations to research and ready himself for building the structure.

Below you can see some before and during construction pictures.

To be clear, a greenhouse means that our Diabetes Prevention Program participants can continue to grow their own fresh, organic vegetables through the winter. Heat from the bakery’s ovens will warm the structure day and night, boilers’ water will provide ongoing irrigation, and we will buy seeds using the money we made from the garden’s pesto sale last week.

Greenhouse materials

Yale Graduate students and Chabaso employees bang in the greenhouse foundation poles

Using a plastic water pipe to ensure that the foundation stakes are level

The hoops are up!

The plastic is draped over the hoops

Chabaso employees are extremely talented (and camera-shy:)

Dr. Anne Camp and the proud lead Chabaso employees after draping the plastic

This is looking just like a greenhouse. What a miracle.

Yale Graduate School Day of Service Adventure

In About the Program on October 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM
October 9th we hosted 25 Yale graduate students at our community garden, giving them the option of preparing the garden for the winter months, constructing our new and beautiful greenhouse, or completing the mural begun during our Slow Food Dig In Celebration. Miracle after miracle made the day possible. Mike Trepadino, owner and operator of Growell in Cheshire donated a greenhouse valued way higher than we could ever pay. Oscar, Alfredo, Pedro, Tony, John, all Chabaso employees fearlessly led by owner Charlie Negaro, picked up the greenhouse materials and began construction without any worries. Saturday morning, Bom Menino, a Capoeira student and the driving force behind our mural, worked with a group of the Yale students to add carrots, sunflowers, and the Diabetes Prevention Program logo to the garden wall.

With the greenhouse, we are going to be able to extend our growing season through the winter. Maria, one of our Diabetes Prevention Program participants, led the soil preparation efforts.

A group of the volunteers harvested our entire batch of basil. We made pesto over the weekend, and as I write this, the Diabetes Prevention Program staff are selling the batch so we can buy seeds for the winter garden.

Yale students studying everything from aeronautics to biology, joined forces with Chabaso Bakery’s operations staff, Massaro Farmer Steve Munno, and the husband of one of our Diabetes Prevention Program participants to piece together the greenhouse.

Overall, a very successful day.

A little publicity

In About the Program, Community Garden on September 27, 2010 at 12:47 PM


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