SUGAR CANE - A SWEET THANK YOU
The Sow it Forward Grant installed drip irrigation in a portion of the garden at JWHS, a children’s home. This Kitchen Garden and grows lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, celery, broccoli, cucumbers…foods that need a little extra water and a close run to the kitchen, stretching the growing season to provide nutritious food and variety to the children in the Home. Before the Grant, an attempt was made to irrigate the kitchen garden with a watering can which worked during sprouting but as the dry season moved in, the job was too much, the depth of penetration was small and the area to cover was wide. Now the Kitchen Garden is heavily mulched and the irrigation distributes water exactly where it belongs, at the root. Currently, the rains are few and the kitchen garden is green while the remainder of the garden is suffering from the lack of water.
In addition chicken wire was purchased and installed to extend the outside “grazing area” for the chickens.
JWHS is an “organic, green” children’s home. Not only has the Sow it Forward Grant brought additional food to the Home but also an important educational opportunity for the children and staff.
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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