Blithewold Vegetable Garden
Blithewold’s Vegetable Garden is a valuable resource for the community through its involvement with the East Bay Food Pantry, local schoolchildren and summer camp, volunteer groups, Blithewold members and the visiting public. Each year we hope to maximize the output of this garden and add to the educational offerings for the public and those who benefit most in the community. To do so requires a concentrated effort of optimal planning and planting, inventive ways to increase growing space, produce early crops and continue the season past the typical garden period. There is currently limited funding for this garden space and the monies that could be made available through the KGI Grant would help improve the overall quality of the garden and community outreach. Specifically, these funds would be used to increase seed selection and purchasing allowing for more successional plantings of experimental varieties and heirlooms. With new funds, we could reduce crop loss from pests allowing the garden to serve even more than before. Finally, building materials for progressive trellising and space-saving techniques are essential to increasing the output of this garden while maintaining the teaching aspects for home-growers and being able to construct these with new materials in place of repurposed materials currently used would allow for a greater range of options.
The funds from this grant would support and further improve the structure and solidity of the Blithewold Vegetable Garden by allowing for an increase in planting opportunities, growing methods, community resources and educational offerings. These improvements would then allow us to better serve and provide for the many individuals who are helped by the East Bay Food Pantry, the multitude of families whose children are enrolled in Camp Sequoia, and the ever inquisitive public who wants to become more self sustaining, and just need information and assistance.
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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