Kitchen Gardeners International is a 501c3 nonprofit community of 30,000 people from 100 countries who are growing some of their own food and helping others to do the same, both near and far. Our mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve greater levels of food self-reliance through the promotion of kitchen gardening, home-cooking, and sustainable local food systems. In doing so, KGI seeks to connect, serve, and expand the global community of people who grow some of their own food.
The idea for Kitchen Gardeners International was planted in Maine, USA by founder Roger Doiron and a diverse group of kitchen gardeners who believe that food is central to human well-being and one of the best ways of uniting people of different countries and cultures around a common, positive agenda.
With the world in the grips of intersecting food, fuel, financial and environmental crises, it is clear that we need to make a shift in the way we eat and live. Kitchen gardens have been an important part of our past and will play an even more critical role in the future as we work to feed a growing world population using a dwindling and increasingly polluted natural resource base. Over the past 100 years, we have lost a great deal of cultural knowledge about the production, preservation, preparation and enjoyment of healthy, whole foods. The good news is that we can bring it back and help those who would like to have a healthier, closer relationship with their food to do so.
-To provide a structure, virtual and real, for kitchen gardeners worldwide to: meet up with each other; share their passion for food, cooking, and organic gardening; and further their skills and knowledge in these areas;
-To introduce new generations to the joys and benefits of actively participating in one's food production and preparation;
-To inform KGI's supporters and the general public about the many ways of participating in and contributing to a sustainable food system and planet;
-To help individuals and communities, especially disadvantaged populations, to achieve higher levels of food self-reliance;
-To promote cultural exchange and international understanding via a shared love of kitchen gardening.
-High-profile, high-impact public awareness and advocacy efforts like our White House garden campaign and Food Independence Day to raise the profile of gardening and local foods in society;
-Coordination of World Kitchen Garden Day to bring gardeners together at the international level;
-A partnership and grants program to build the capacity of small, like-minded groups in the US and abroad;
-Web-based educational content reaching thousands of people every month.
Donations, contributions, and grants from individual donors, members, and charitable foundations
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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA