Communities Growing Forward
A study publicized by the No Child Left Inside Coalition revealed that many Americans could recognize up to 1,000 corporate logos but failed to identify more than 10 common garden plants and animals. We seek to reverse this trend in our communities by demonstrating gardening methods in four community gardens offering a take-home aspect for participants. These demonstrations would be open to people of all ages, races, and abilities and embracing the diversity of families in our community.
Using themes such as companion planting, container gardening, and soil composition, these projects and demonstrations will benefit families of all generations and definitions. Demonstrations will be held in the following community gardens: East Avondale Hill Community Garden, Birmingham Eastside Ecogarden, Oakwood Place Community Garden, and the Bruno Vegetable Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
In an urban setting, the opportunities to interact in and with nature are increasingly rare. Yet dozens of recent scientific studies suggest outdoor activity is integral to good health from lowering blood pressure, to reducing obesity, to the reduction of childhood myopia. This community-based initiative will help increase the opportunity for children, families, and all members of these communities to learn more about the natural world, and the role we play in it.
This initiative is a collaborative project between the Community Garden Coalition and Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The Community Garden Coalition for Birmingham’s mission is to support the community garden movement in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham Botanical Gardens seeks to have a greater impact through educational programming in the Birmingham Metropolitan area. This collaboration gives us the ability to create educational opportunities that are mutually beneficial and leverage resources to meet both organization’s strategic goals and missions.
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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