ECCHO Program of Rock County
Our Project: How Does Your Garden Grow
Our Goal: be a place where community members of all abilities can build friendships and promote health, well- being and sustainability through gardening
Life begins the day you start a garden! - Chinese Proverb
We are working to create inclusive community gardening that bridges the gap between generations in healthy living
and growing your own food. We address food deserts, strengthening community bonds, supporting local food production, and educating others on the benefits of healthy eating.
Benefits of Community Gardening:
Reduce risk of obesity & obesity-related diseases
Lower blood pressure, decreases heart rate, & changes cortisol levels
Improve mental health & promote relaxation
Exposure to Vitamin D increasing calcium level which benefit bones & immune system
Help improve air & soil quality
Community gardens are positively correlated with decreased crime rates
Improve economic opportunities by training volunteers & seeling food at Farmers' Markets
Help improve air & soil quality
Reduce "food miles" that are required to transport nutritious foods
Mom of three adult children 5 grandsons, and 3 fur babies. I am a retired captain with the Department of Corrections. I currently work for Dance in the Restorative Justice program- working to heal the harm people experience and diverting young people away from the criminal system. I use a restorative approach to talk about racism and other hard topics in my personal and professional. I have worked in retail, I was a foster parent and a Big Sister with the Big brothers and sisters program. I volunteer on several committees/groups that help support and lift up young people to reach their potential. Serving others has always been a passion of mine and now working with ECCHO I get to make a positive contribution on a larger scale.
Daksha has a strong commitment to continuous education and improvement for equity, inclusion and racial justice for all members of the campus and surrounding community. As a former Ugandan Asian Refugee in the UK, Daksha has a great understanding of what it feels like to be displaced and not fit in or feel welcomed into a new environment. She has nearly two decades of experience in creating programming around equity, inclusion and racial justice, her work at Beloit College has primarily been within those areas. Daksha provides a trusting and
supportive space for underrepresented students, particularly students of color, seeking a listening ear and advice for navigating their college experience. In addition to being a key support system for students from underrepresented backgrounds, she has helped advance the campus towards its mission to become an anti-racist, inclusive and equitable campus. She has provided inclusive programming through key community partnerships including the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, which featured the first (Wisconsin) African-American Lieutenant Governor
Mandela Barnes and Senator Tammy Baldwin. She has spearheaded the “Voter Registration Campaign,” at Beloit College alongside the Beloit League of Women Voters and the annual Beloit College Freedom March alongside students. She is the recipient of the LWV Beloit chapter “Making Democracy Work-Community Award”. This award is given to a community person who has exhibited great effort and integrity in helping the community understand the importance of voting. She is delighted to be a part of the ECCHO Rock County Cohort and is thoroughly enjoying working alongside her “sisters” to help bring about the necessary changes needed in the community.
Jasmine M. Jones is the Founder and CEO of Amir’s Angels where she provides birth doula services to mothers in her community. Amir’s Angels is named in remembrance of Jasmine's late infant son Amir. Jasmine began her research of becoming a trained birth doula in 2019 after her second son was born. As well as being a doula, Jasmine also works as a breastfeeding peer counselor with WIC for Public Health of Dane County. Jasmine’s purpose work is to help combat the high mortality rate with black mothers and black infants, and made the decision in 2022 to be really dedicated in her purpose work by becoming a birth doula full time. Jasmine graduated from Western Illinois University in 2013 with a Double Bachelor's of Science. Having a diverse work background Jasmine has held positions in Juvenile Justice, Social Work, Case management in the Nonprofit sector, Retail, & Restaurant industry positions. Jasmine is currently working on expanding her work background even further as a motivational speaker. Jasmine has a deep love and commitment to her community and works consistently to provide better resources and opportunities for families in her community.
Born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin, Robin has worked for the Beloit School District for over 10 years. She has a strong passion for educating others and giving back to her community. Currently, Robin serves on the Stateline YMCA Board and finance committee, a non profit Purpose Driven board and the Beloit 180 Project. Her commitment to empowering others has allowed her peers to recognize her with numerous achievement awards that include a 2016 Youth to Youth Positive Change Maker Award, 2017 Staff Member of the Year, 2020 and 2023 Superintendent All Star Award, and a 2021 YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Robin is also a nationally trained SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project facilitator. When she isn’t spending time with her four children ranging in ages from 12 to 24, she likes to read, listen to music and travel. Robin is excited to have the opportunity to work alongside these phenomenal women in this 2023 Rock County ECCHO cohort group as they work on changing health outcomes for their communities.
Krystal Judah has built a career around advocating for and empowering women. She is a clinical mental health therapist and a community birthing doula. She enjoys being a support person who can validate, guide, and help women make sense of life experiences. Krystal’s work is supported by her Juris Doctor degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law, a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and her training as a doula from Harambee Village Doula in Madison, Wisconsin.
Veronica Hereford, ECCHO Rock County Local Program Coordinator
Veronica Hereford (she, her, hers) is a doula, child-birth educator, social worker and committed to the health of all women. She is currently working on completing a Social Work Masters at University of Wisconsin Whitewater. She completed her under graduate work in Human Services and Psychology and a Masters in Public Administration at Upper Iowa University. She is devoted to ending the disparity that exists in birth outcomes for Black and Indigenous Women of Color.