Throughout the month of May, all community members are invited to support the Brown County UW-Extension Community Gardens Program by taking and posting a picture of themselves with the Brown County Breastfeeding Coalition’s butterfly mural. The Community Gardens Program will receive a $1 donation for each person whose picture is posted, up to $1,000.

 

The Butterfly Mural is part of the Butterfly Effect Project, an international micro-philanthropy movement that empowers communities to raise funds for local causes by making donations when people take and post a picture of themselves with one of the project’s butterfly murals. The Brown County Breastfeeding Coalition was awarded a butterfly mural in May of 2017, and can now give  local nonprofits a month in which donations from any pictures taken and posted go to that nonprofit.

 

The Brown County UW-Extension Community Gardens Program empowers local community members to grow healthy food by providing low-cost plots for the growing season, on which participants can plant, grow, and harvest produce. The program focuses on reaching a low-to-moderate income and immigrant population, and helps participants increase food security, physical and mental health, sustainability, and connection to others.

 

All community members are invited to help the program grow by participating in the project anytime this May. The butterfly mural is located at 300 Dousman St, on the back of the Vincent, Urban, Walker and Associates Inc. Insurance building (facing the parking lot between Titletown Brewery and Titletown Restaurant). To participate, community members can take a picture of themselves with the mural and then either post it publicly to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #communitygardenbutterfly or text the picture to (858)400-8272 with #communitygardenbutterfly, and the program will receive a $1 donation for each person in the picture.

 

“The Community Gardens Program helps to create a healthier, more connected, and sustainable community for all,” says Margaret Franchino, the Brown County UW-Extension Community Gardens Program’s coordinator. “This project is a great, easy opportunity for the community to show its support of the program so we can continue to give everyone a space to grow.”