Chard Your Yard
"Chard Your Yard" is a gardening project of Transition Longfellow, a committee of the Longfellow community council and a registered group with Transition US, part of the global Transition Town movement. 2013 was the first year of our program. All our activities - permaculture discussion group, garden mentoring, composting and food preservation classes - are organized and led by volunteers. Chard Your Yard accessed master gardeners who live in the area as garden mentors.
The goal of Chard Your Yard is four-fold: 1) to increase food resilience while reducing our community's dependence on fossil fuels by growing more food closer to home, 2) to enable community members to become successful food gardeners by installing raised beds - at cost - and matching new gardeners with garden mentors, 3) to build community cohesiveness through "garden mob" installation activities and ongoing social and educational events like home garden tours and dinners in the garden, and 4) to shift community norms so people see food gardens as a beautiful, desirable part of the urban environment and a valuable use of urban land.
In 2013, we installed 18 raised bed gardens in front of homes, and helped with the creation of a mini-CSA in the yards of two neighbors, who then grew food that they sold to 3 additional neighbors. Because of our activities, the church where we host movie nights then chose to create a church garden for its members and built 5 extra raised beds alongside their parking lot to give to community members. The food from the gardens benefitted the families who asked for the gardens or who participated in the new mini-CSA.
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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Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA