Dickey Community Garden (Hoop House)
Dickey Community Garden, a well-established community garden with a committed core group of neighborhood resident gardeners and volunteers seeks funding for costs associated with the construction and establishment of a seasonal high tunnel or “hoop house” at the garden site in order to extend our growing season. This structure will require an irrigation system to be tapped into our existing water lines and the funding from KGI will directly go towards meeting this need. During the late winter/early spring a portion of the “hoop house” will serve as a greenhouse to start plants from seeds that will be provided to the community gardens or sold at the Warren Farmers’ Market. A seasonal high tunnel allows us to form a more cooperative market gardening endeavor. Dickey Community Gardeners will be able to become increasingly more self-sufficient, growing more food longer and will have the opportunity to fill some of the high demand for locally grown produce at the Warren Farmers’ Market, thus creating a revenue stream for the garden and possibly provide a stipend for the urban farmer(s).
Dickey Community Gardeners are families with most headed by those 55 years or older. This is a multigenerational garden with children actively engaged in helping grow vegetables with their adult family members and neighbors. There is a high unemployment and underemployment rate in the City of Warren and this neighborhood reflects this. This project will draw attention to our garden and enable us to engage more neighbors in the community garden. Starting the plants from seeds in the hoop house/greenhouse that is within the neighborhood will allow gardeners to be more attached to what they are growing. We can be an active part of the whole growing process - from seed to table.
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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