Camp Hitaga WoHeLo Garden
We are very excited about the opportunity for the Sow It Forward Grant to help build our new “WoHeLo” gardens at Camp Hitaga! Our campers come from diverse backgrounds, many well below the poverty level, so rely on camp scholarships to be able to attend our programming. In teaching children about the food they eat we hope to leave lasting memories and help them to have a healthier lifestyle when they return home.
THE PROJECT: Our main garden will be a 10x30 foot, fenced in, sheet mulched bed with vertical growth to optimize garden space. We have hopes to plant a small variety of vegetables and herbs, rotating crops throughout the season. We also have plans for a kitchen garden near the Dining Lodge using salvaged materials, and a secret pumpkin patch. The project manager is a professional gardener donating her time to oversee the gardens throughout the season. We have volunteer alumni scheduled to install the garden, but because we are a struggling non-profit, rely heavily on grants and donations to make any new (or existing) programming come together.
WHO WILL BENEFIT? Our campers and staff will be the primary beneficiaries of our project (science & math knowledge, fresh foods to supplement a limited food budget, new experiences, fun). Excess produce will be donated to our local food pantry – a valuable lesson for children in Sowing it Forward – or sent home with campers at the end of the week. We plan to teach children where their food comes from, show them simple Earth-safe farming and seed saving practices, challenge them to try new things and get hands on experience while at the same time build pride in knowing they helped to produce food for our meals during summer camp and other programming throughout the 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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