Carver Peace Gardens
Carver Peace Gardens was so named because of its' location in Johnson City's Carver Park but also because when it was begun in 2007 the surrounding neighborhood was just becoming a friendly, safe and peaceful place to live, after some upheaval in previous years; the founders wanted people to know that this garden would be a place of peace. Since that time this organic community garden has become a source of pride for the neighborhood, a place of learning for those of us that are growing there and has become the model and inspiration for other community gardens throughout the city. There are currently twenty-two 15'x20' plots that are rented by families for $15 a year, with another three 20'x40' plots that are cultivated by groups that use their harvests to help address local food insecurity.
The ongoing goal is to improve the gardeners' knowledge and our soil. We are gradually seeing improvements in both by offering gardening classes and opportunities for hands-on tutorials, through composting efforts, growing green manure crops and adding the shredded leaves that the city delivers to us in the fall. Intermediate goals are to add additional plots since we currently have a waiting list of residents that would like to garden with us; turnover rates have gone from almost 75% the first year to 10% in 2013! Long term goals are to get zoning laws changed within our urban area to legalize backyard chickens and beehives, (a subset group of gardeners and other citizens has already begun that process). We also want to create a 'commons area', with fruit and nut trees, park benches and a handicapped/senior growing area. This area would be accessible to the public with public education becoming an ongoing effort, further involving more of the community at large.
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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