Colton Healthy Starts Garden
The Colton Healthy Starts is a new garden project that will by operated at Coton High School as a partnership of the Career & Technical Education classes, the Colton FFA, Colton FFA Alumni, and FoodWaves educational farm. The primary purpose of the garden is to teach sustainable gardening practices to students and to the community of Colton. The Colton FFA will host a three-part educational series for the community to include topics on building raised-bed gardens, managing raised-bed gardens, and methods of preserving your harvest. Students will learn sustainable gardening practices in their Career & Technical Education classes. They will then take that info to develop materials and resources for the workshop series.
FoodWaves, a non-profit educatanional farm in the community has committed to work with our project to provide guidance and support. During the course of the school year, all produce will be used in the Colton School District Food Service program for school lunches. During non-school times, all harvested produce will go to the Colton Helping Hands Food Pantry located across the street from the high school.
Colton, Oregon is an unincorporated community located 30-minutes southeast of Portland. The lack of a local government, there are few organized community programs. In addition, the Colton Helping Hands Food Pantry serves dozens of families each week. Our goal with the Healthy Starts Garden is to provide community members with the educational resources they need to grow their own sustainable food sources, working to eliminate food insecurity in the Colton area.
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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