806 Senior Garden
The 806 Senior Garden Project is a continuing effort to use our rooftop herb garden to promote and provide healthy eating. This is the second year of this project. The first phase is gardening; the second phase is educational classes and the last phase is cooking demonstrations. The project begins in the early spring when volunteers and partipants open our rooftop garden. We followed through by offering gardening classes and lectures that incorporated nutrition and different cuisines. We build upon this by offering cooking classes, using herbs and vegetables that are supplied from our garden, and utilize the knowledge from our lectures and workshops. Participants learn how to create a small herb garden for their home, use fresh herbs in their diet and, as a result, learn to better incorporate fruit and vegetables. Lastly, we distribute fresh herbs to low income seniors on a weekly basis out of our Senior Food Pantry.
Promoting healthy living is important to our organization because of the population that we serve, participants 60 and older. The objective of this project is to change the way seniors think about food, to provide an outlet where seniors can explore healthy eating and to encourage seniors to eat better. The goal of the gardening and workshops are to encourage and educate seniors on the importance of healthy eating.
Many will benefit from this project. The Senior Food Pantry serves between 200 and 250 clients per week. Of this number, over 2/3 of the participants will take home fresh herbs and vegetables. Moreover, we expect to reach between 20-40 participants during each workshop and hold at least 5 workshops over the summer.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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