Castlewood Community Garden
The Castlewood Community Garden is a church-owned lot with great orientation and lots of potential. Over the past two summers Seedleaf has not only installed the garden beds, but has coached a small group of faithful parishioners and neighbors on what to plant and when. We have periodically brought in larger volunteer groups to catch the garden up with the season, and to spread mulch in the walking paths. This garden blesses the neighborhood by making fresh, healthy vegetables available to anyone who has the time and inclination to harvest—a true pick-your-own community garden. We have also used part of the produce from the garden to facilitate canning and preserving workshops at two nearby churches (our Yes, We Can! Events). This latter endeavor is part of our efforts to re-skill Lexington, Kentucky, in sustainable habits that can improve our local economy.
The goals of this garden have been to cultivate neighborliness and to make more healthy food available in an urban food desert. We have accomplished these goals by growing food together and by sharing food. With the support of the Sow it Forward grant, we will be able to reach these goals on an even larger scale.
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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