The following is a press release that I wrote for Jerusalem Farm during my Summer 2014 internship. To see more work from my Jerusalem Farm internship, visit my internship journal.

Kansas City, Mo. – Local Catholic intentional community Jerusalem Farm celebrated its two year anniversary this past May 1, 2014 with the growing successes of the Pendleton Heights neighborhood.

Pendleton Heights was recently named one of four winners of the KC Green Neighborhood Recognition Program for 2013. The program is a part of the city’s KC Green Initiative which recognizes neighborhoods that have implemented sustainable practices. Other winning neighborhoods were Avalon View, Center City and Ivanhoe.

According to a press release from City Hall, Environmental Manager Andy Savastino stated that “Each of these neighborhoods demonstrated their commitment to implementing sustainable practices through a variety of activities and programs. These neighborhoods incorporated a variety of green practices that not only improved their local communities, but benefit the City as a whole.”

The KC Green Initiative Program recognized Avalon View, Center City, Ivanhoe and Pendleton Heights as neighborhoods that have implemented sustainable practices. Each neighborhood selected for recognition received signage to display to the community. Photo by Cole Anneberg/Jerusalem Farm
The KC Green Initiative Program recognized Avalon View, Center City, Ivanhoe and Pendleton Heights as neighborhoods that have implemented sustainable practices. Each neighborhood selected for recognition received signage to display to the community. Photo by Cole Anneberg/Jerusalem Farm

One of the many green initiative successes of the Pendleton Heights neighborhood is a partnership with Jerusalem Farm’s Curbside Compost program.

Taking place every Tuesday morning, Jerusalem Farm hauls away compost food scraps and yard waste, totaling over 7,000 lbs. in 2013.

“The amount of people who have started composting has grown a greater awareness of food [usage] and what can be deterred from going to the landfill,” Curbside Compost Coordinator Alishiya Kapoor said.

Kapoor went on to add that the program is in the process of translating the program’s informational literature into Spanish in hopes of being able to reach the neighborhood’s Hispanic population.

In total, the Jerusalem Farm community has contributed over 13,000 hours of service to its surrounding Kansas City neighborhoods. Service projects are focused in sustainable living and home repair and are executed through the help of its 750 contributing volunteers.

Through the funding of many generous donors, Jerusalem Farm has been able to put a little over $65,000 worth of building materials directly into homes around the area.

“Like a drop in a pond, the time and resources spent reverberate through the community,” Project Director, Jordan Schiele said. “Networks of relationships have been built and strengthened, and we have all grown to love ourselves, our neighbors, our community and the earth.”

While the Jerusalem Farm community celebrates its successes of the past two years, they acknowledge the need for work to continue.

“Every day we receive calls from homeowners seeking assistance to repair their roof, give them access to running water in their house, paint their rooms, fix their floors, etc.” Schiele said. “As our organization grows, so does our awareness of those in need.”

Jerusalem Farm currently seeks monetary contributions to fund its operations. Donations can be mailed to 520 Garfield Avenue, Kansas City, Mo. 64124 or can be submitted via credit card on their website.

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