Columbus Park Community Garden
The Columbus Park Community Garden is a project managed by Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES), a local non-profit organization seeking to create a sustainable and just community food system in Binghamton, NY. The garden is located in a neighborhood recognized as both low-income and food insecure, where access to transportation and proximity to grocery stores are limiting factors in the struggle to maintain a healthy diet. This project aims to engage, empower, and feed low-income women and children in this neighborhood by providing support for families to grow their own food.
VINES has developed a new partnership with the YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County and aims to enhance a long time partnership with the nearby Columbus School in the interest of stimulating community involvement within the neighborhood surrounding the Columbus Park Community Garden. This growing season, women residing in YWCA housing will be utilizing the garden to grow food for themselves and their children. This opportunity fits within the YWCA’s mission of empowering and educating women in need of resources. A portion of the site will be designated to the Columbus Park School, an alternative high school for youth with special needs and behavioral challenges. The garden will be incorporated into their science curriculum, and any vegetables they harvest will be available for students to take home. The Broome County Urban League (BCUL), an organization aiming to support African American children and those of other minorities, is interested in involving their summer youth program participants in the garden. As these projects unfold for 2014, the site will function as both a school garden and a community garden, with many different avenues in which youth and adults can experience food gardening and 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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