Coleman County Community Garden
With a consistently higher than state unemployment rate and a median household income of $32,231, leaders in rural Coleman County wanted to make a difference with our families. Therefore, in 2013 in a collaborative effort to unite our community for a common cause, encourage compassion, and promote unity, the churches, known as Christian Family Ministry of Coleman County (CFMCC), purchased property for the purpose of a community garden. Centrally located adjacent to the local food pantry that serves 300 families and serves approximately 700 hot meals per month twice a week, the Coleman County Community Garden began with four common visions including 1) to provide a common garden spot, 2) to provide fresh vegetables for meals, 3) to encourage senior residents’ volunteerism, and 4) to bring the community together in a common cause. A Master Gardener provided an in-kind, detailed to-scale plan including 50-4‘ X 20’ raised beds of which four are handicapped accessible. To promote participation, plans are posted in seven locations throughout the county. Rules, guidelines, and several other collaborative partners are established. A small fee ($70/year) plus 10% of the product is payable to CFMCC at the beginning of each lease period beginning August 1-July 30. This cost is used to pay supplies, tools, and/or watering system. The City of Coleman will provide mulch, which will be used in the walkways and available to gardeners to use around their plants. Because we live in a drought area, two 3000 gallon collection tanks are being installed to collect rain water with provisions to convert to city water when necessary. Natural/organic controls are encouraged. “Training” sessions will be scheduled for gardeners to attend to promote successful gardens and to share ideas and hints among the fellow gardeners. We believe learning together will open even more doors for our community!
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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