(UR) United States — If you’ve heard of Elon Musk, the entrepreneur and billionaire known globally for helping to start PayPal — who then cashed in his profits and built some of the most forward-looking companies in the world, including SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity— then you’ll want to get to know his brother, Kimbal Musk. The ‘Mini-Musk,’ Elon’s younger brother, is changing the entire food system by creating recycled block gardens on school playgrounds.
Musk calls them Learning Gardens, and he’s taken his passion for food, experience from investing in tech companies with his brother, and an education at a cooking school in New York to develop his nonprofit, Kitchen Community. Musk’s organization impacts over 125,000 children every day with 240 Learning Gardens in schools and community organizations across the country.
His gardens are built on school playgrounds, and any available outdoor space. These formerly unused areas are transformed using recycled polyethylene containers with their own irrigation drip system to inspire good nutrition for children — and create a whole new generation of sustainable farmers. His gardens become learning centers and play-places to help expose children to the art of growing their own food — and sharing that knowledge with others. From Los Angeles to Chicago, Kitchen Community has built gardens that end up being catalysts for community-wide change.
In a nation that bemoans its children’s obesity rates — with one out of every three kids now at risk for obesity related diseases like heart failure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep disorders, early-onset puberty, and nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease — Musk is taking an enormous leap, like flying a recycled rocket into space. He’s tackling the physical, social, and emotional complications of an entire generation of children who don’t know how to eat right.
If you know a school that would love to start their own Learning Garden you can apply for one through Musk’s 501 (c) 3.
Between Elon and Kimbal Musk, the world is changing for the better. These two brothers seem to be able to do anything they put their minds to. It’s this kind of ambition that’s needed to truly change an oil-dependent and food-poisoned nation. From growing veggies to launching rockets, they’ve got all bases covered.
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