Baxter Community Center Garden and Greenhouse
Baxter Community Center, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been meeting the needs of the Baxter Community since 1969. The Community Center has four main pillars of programming which include youth mentoring, medical and dental clinics, a childhood development center, and a food pantry. When the local health department conducted a study on food security for our county and declared our neighborhood a food desert, Baxter began our Greenhouse Initiative.
In 2011, Baxter built our greenhouse to address food security in this community by providing fresh produce through our food pantry as well as programming about nutrition and gardening. As we enter our third year, our programs continue to grow. This past year we launched our newest program; our Neighborhood Gardening Program. We partnered with 19 families and built raised bed gardens in their backyards. Participants in the program receive a 4X8 raised bed, soil tests for heavy metals, and seedlings. They have the option of having a one-on-one garden mentor and they are invited to our gardening classes about seed saving, composting, season extension and more! We hope to continue growing and connecting gardeners in this community with each other and with our resources (tool and seed libraries) that can help them thrive in their own backyard! Together all gardeners in the program last year grew 450lbs of produce for their families! In addition to the 19 families in our Neighborhood Gardening Program, we had 5 families sign up through our food pantry for weekly fresh produce deliveries, and 34 households received vegetable seedlings! The greenhouse and garden function as an educational space for children, adults and seniors participating in our various programs which are all free of charge. We also provide classes on nutrition and canning as well as community events and families picnics!
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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