The M List 2016: Nathan Larson

Growing season
The M List 2016: Nathan Larson

The outdoors is Nathan Larson’s classroom. It’s where he teaches the value of connecting to nature and locally grown food through garden- and farm-based education. And he has his green thumb in projects that yield more than just crops:

Cultivate Health Initiative is a joint project between Community GroundWorks and the Environmental Design Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Larson is the initative’s director.

Community GroundWorks is a Madison-based nonprofit. In its 16th year, the organization runs many projects including one program managed by youth.

Troy Kids’ Garden was created for young people to learn the entire cycle of planting, from nurturing and harvesting crops to meal preparation. It is a regional and national model for best practices in garden-based education.

More than 3,500 youths participate annually in educational programs at Troy Kids’ Garden and at Goodman Youth Farm. In 2015, the Goodman Youth Farm donated 3,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Goodman Community Center’s food pantry.

Larson calls these projects “a rebirth” in healthy eating.

The M List

Madison Magazine’s M List is a who’s who of organizations and individuals who are having an impact on our local culture and economy. In its fourth year, the M List recognizes those making strides as mentors and teachers. Last year’s list of honorees were making impacts in the area of social innovation. The original M List, in 2013, honored the technology sector. The 2014 M List honored “Foodtastic” entrepreneurs and innovators.

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