Community Pantry Hope Garden
The Community Pantry Hope Garden is based in the Northwestern part New Mexico. Under the Community Pantry Food Bank the garden is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Through the past four years The Community Pantry Hope Garden (TCPHG) has become a pillar in the community and surrounding areas. Unlike most community gardens, TCPHG is on site of the food bank’s property in Gallup, New Mexico; where the garden has six hoop houses, three growing fields, an orchard of fruit trees and sixty raised beds. We rely on volunteers to assist in the day to day activities. When none are present all work falls on the two garden employees Kenworth Jones, garden manager and Vernon Garcia.
We are asking for 6 timers for the garden’s drip irrigation system. With the current situation the irrigation system must be controlled by hand. This task of watering vegetables takes at least 5 hours, even long on some occasions due to other tasks that are being executed. If the water is not watched carefully wastage of the harvested rain and snow water is occurring. The goal is to optimize time in other projects, while conserving harvested water and decrease overtime on weekends for employees to come in and water.
Individuals that would benefit from the implement of timers in the gardens are just not the employees; but the volunteers, visitors, school tours and the vegetation. To put into place the timers, this will allow the two employees and volunteers to maximize their time working on other projects without worrying about watering times and wastage. Advantage for the visitors and school tours would be that more time would be used to give a more extensive outlay on gardening in the mountainous desert climate we are in. And will also avoid overtime for employees on the weekends.
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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