In late 2009, a group of Dunedin (Florida) residents, working with City of Dunedin officials, organized and leased a little known municipal park to renovate into a community garden. Within a year, the group incorporated as the Dunedin Community Garden Association (DCGA), a 501.3c non-profit organization (ID #27-3242959). The DCGA’s mission is to “enhance the quality of life and strengthen community bonds by creating and sustaining an organic garden that will foster environmental stewardship, horticultural education, and improved health.” The goals of the garden are to offer organic garden space to the people of Dunedin that share a common interest in gardening; provide educational resources for students, schools, and our community; build community through gardening; expand and improve Dunedin’s green spaces; and serve as an inspiration for a healthier community friendly to humans and wildlife. Towards this end, the DCGA maintains 37 standard and 6 disability-friendly raised vegetable beds, holds regular garden gatherings for its members, and conducts monthly educational seminars for the community. Currently, the group has 70 members and provides educational seminars to over 500 people annually. This application requests support for DCGA’s composting program, which consists of three recently reconstructed bins that are used by members of the garden community for composting. In addition to the onsite composting bins, our members collect seaweed from nearby beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, goat manure from a nearby organic farm, and leaves from wherever they can find them to add to the compost pile.. The group also provides free seminars to the community showing how to compost yard waste.
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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