Carriage House Community Garden
The Carriage House Community Gardens project will provide access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables for Latino residents in the rural town of Columbus, NE. To accomplish this we will develop an organic community garden for a minimum of 10 families on land within a block of the Carriage House trailer court. We will provide classroom and hands-on training and technical assistance to ensure successful and abundant harvests. Latino community members arrived here from Central and South America in the past 2 decades, drawn by job opportunities in the meat-packing industry. Many are now low-income workers with little money for fresh, healthy foods, and live in housing which affords little opportunity for home gardening. For these reasons, community members have come together to develop a community garden space where they can grow food for their families and for sale at local markets. We will teach our project participants how to successfully grow their own fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables, creating a lifetime of access to fresh food.
Trainings provided and organized by Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA) staff will include topics such as soil and garden preparation, organic growing practices, garden planning, preparing healthy meals from garden produce, and more. Experienced farmers and extension agents will help needed to enhance trainings. We will assist gardeners in their gardens by providing support with tilling, supplying some plant materials and garden tools, and advising on practices learned in training sessions.
We will train participants on how to preserve the food they grow for year-round access, and teach them how to use their produce to create healthy meals. We will establish a Garden Steering Committee, made up of local project area residents, to guide the process, provide general oversight of the garden, and develop a plan for sustaining the garden.
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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