The Big Garden program
The Big Garden program's mission is to combat food insecurity, improve nutritional health, and facilitate community building by developing collaborative relationships with, and building the capacity of, non-profits, churches, and schools through community gardening. Initially created with the goal of starting twelve community gardens in the Omaha metropolitan area in three years, The Big Garden is now in its ninth year of operation and has helped get over eighty community gardens up and running in Omaha and in rural Nebraska and Kansas. The Big Garden program provides start-up funding for garden sites and implements a three-year curriculum designed to insure that each garden is able to become independent and self-sustaining. Once a site is up and running independently, they are eligible to receive ongoing support from The Big Garden as necessary.
This particular project is in partnership of the Lafern Williams YMCA in South Omaha. We helped build a garden on YMCA property for use by the youth in the summer program there. Roughly half of the produce grown at this garden goes directly to the youth, a quarter is shared with friends and neighbors near the garden, and the remaining quarter is donated to a food pantry. This project grant would allow us to install a compost bin on site, make a few soil amendments, and provide tools and resources for the youth working in the garden. Also, The Big Garden will be working with youth at this site next summer on a curriculum that teaches basic horticultural techniques and digs into issues surrounding food insecurity.
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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