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Sowing seeds, growing hope

| Jan Adams

Find out even more about Farming Hope Eau Claire and read this recent UW-Eau Claire news bureau article.

For several semesters, groups of nursing students from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences have been traveling to El Salvador to learn about the health care delivery in that country.  They visit various private and public hospitals, attend home visits and local clinics, as well as travel to historic and cultural sites.  One of the places the students visit has made a lasting impression - Sembrando Esperanza, or Farming Hope – and they are bringing it to Eau Claire.

Nursing students, Amanda Houle, Meghan Pasineau, Courtney Gehring, and Elisabeth York were so inspired by what they saw and the people they met during their April 2015 nursing clinical experience in El Salvador, they that decided Farming Hope was a project that should be replicated in Eau Claire.  In just a few short months, Farming Hope, Eau Claire has become an official university organization, acquired two plots at the Community Gardens on Forest Street, and has been working with individuals from Positive Avenues, The Wellness Shack, and the Community Table.  The organization has grown to include students from many different majors across the university, including social work, psychology, and Spanish majors.  College of Nursing and Health Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor, Jill Hecker Fernandes, DNP, RN acts as faculty advisor.

As the organization in Eau Claire grows, they continue to work with Farming Hope El Salvador by raising awareness and fundraising.  Right now Farming Hope is in the process of becoming a non-profit organization, with hopes of replicating the project in cities around the world.  The newest Farming Hope site is sprouting in Chicago, Illinois.  There are a lot of exciting things for Farming Hope on the horizon!

Find out more by visiting Farming Hope Facebook site or watch the video.