Common Ground Community Greenhouse Kick-Off
Common Ground is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit located in a poor neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana. We have a number of ministries whichtry to make the lives of our community a little easier. Common Ground's community graden is one of our oldest ministries. It has been used since 2004 to grow vegetables for our community meals and to provide extra food for those in the neighborhood. Our garden was formerly a commercial flower garden, and there is a greenhouse on the property. The greenhouse, which had been in disrepair, has been recently repaired with the help of Eagle Scouts.
Now that the old glass panes of the greenhouse were replaced with plastic panels, we are ready to start using it! We hope to start growing crops this spring that can be used in our weekly community meal and sold to our neighbors. We also have a large corner lot garden, whose popularity has grown over the last year. Planting in the garden is so popular with the children that we recently constructed more raised beds so groups that have come to visit had a place to plant and we built a bean garden house to have a place to read to the children. Our summer day camp has garden time sessions each week.
Our short term plans include incorporating more green and organic techniques into our programs and to offer more classes in the garden and greenhouse teaching environmentally friendly gardening techniques and focusing on nutrition. We will use the garden and greenhouse to expose the children to new and different kinds of vegetables and fruits. As the garden expands, we plan to create a butterfly garden, include heirloom and native plants, xeriscaping and a cutting garden for floral design.
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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