Advocates for Homeless Families Garden Project
Description of project
In 2013 we received a grant from the Community Foundation of Frederick for a pilot partnership program between the Advocates for Homeless Families (AfHF) and the University of Maryland Extension (UME) Frederick County Master Gardener (Master Gardeners) program to start an educational project that will provide the homeless families involved in the AfHF two-year transitional program to grow their own food and maintain a garden.
The funding enabled us to purchase soil and seedlings for containers for four of the AfHF properties, buy building materials for the raised garden beds at the West Patrick site and conduct a workshop for planting a container garden with herbs for the winter (see pictures). The beds at the West Patrick site were built by volunteers (see main picture) and now wait to be filled with soil and plants.
If awarded, the funding will enable us to involve the families in preparing the beds with soil and compost for the spring planting, and the space between the beds with garden fabric and mulch. In the spring, Master Gardeners will work with the families and plant seeds for radishes, lettuce and beans and show the families how to transplant seedlings, such as tomatoes and herbs. Master Gardeners will also work with the families on the preparation and planting of a blueberry patch. Throughout the summer Master Gardeners will visit the properties to be available for advice through to the harvest. Recipes and nutritional information will be made available throughout the project.
We look forward to a successful growing season.
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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