Charity Plots Project
Juneau Community Garden Association leases four acres of land from the City and Borough of Juneau for gardening, education, and charitable use. Our non-profit devotes a portion of the acreage and volunteer effort to food production for local service providers, and involves community youth in the project: enrollees in Johnson Youth Center’s First-time Offenders program perform construction and assist with plot maintenance; students in the Juneau Montessori Youth Odyssey program harvest potatoes and prepare plots for winter. In 2013, over 700 pounds of potatoes, 120 pounds of carrots, and several boxes of lettuce were delivered to Southeast Alaska Food Bank and the Glory Hole shelter for the homeless.
Until 100 years ago glaciers covered the area. The ice receded, but rocky silt and cold, soggy conditions remain. Raised planting beds offer the warmth and drainage necessary for food production in our coastal rain forest. In 2014, we wish to convert two neglected areas into productive plots. A 5 x 20-foot wooden frame (filled with compost, sand and seaweed) can accommodate 50 potato plants. With the help of JYC and Montessori youth, we plan to place 6 of these beds within our community garden, adding 600 square feet to cultivation for charity.
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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