Dallas Youth Garden
The Dallas Youth Garden provides teens valuable life and work skills while earning some financial compensation for time spent developing a market garden. The program also provides quality produce to food programs for distribution to hungry families in our community.
Our volunteer lead program started in the winter of 2013. During the winter we obtained funding to create the garden and to provide six $500 internships to Dallas youth. In the spring we built the garden behind Trinity Lutheran Church including a 12’x16’ garden shed, 6’x600’ deer fence, and a 350’ water system. In partnership with Dallas High School and 4H Extension we interviewed and then hired six interns. Each intern was responsible for planning, developing and maintaining a 25’x50’ market garden. Our interns maintained an on-line weekly blog of garden work activities. Each intern made formal garden presentations to the community and gave informal tours to garden visitors. We had award winning participation at the Polk County Fair and participated in the Oregon State Fair. We delivered more than 800 lbs. of fresh produce from August until early October to the Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program, a program that weekly provides food to 300 food insecure families. At the close of the season we cleaned up and spread over 50 yards of manure on the garden. Each intern received letters of recommendation for a future job reference.
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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