Eat Smart Black Mountain
Eat Smart Black Mountain is striving toward a future where every person in Black Mountain can walk or wheel to their own garden space. With the mantra “Grow, Educate, Share” we provide gardening space, develop workshops, teach volunteers, and give away fresh food to members of the community. We directly support two community gardens (with over 70 individual users, and 54,000 square feet), school gardens at two public schools (another 26,000 square feet), and indirectly support three other community gardens, and have identified a gap that directly impacts the food insecure in our community. Some residents have expressed an interest in growing their own food, but do not have land to use, and many are unable (or scared) to participate in community gardens. We would like to lessen those barriers by providing containers and materials for them to “jump start” a container garden by their front door or next to a window. As their confidence and skills grow we can encourage people to participate in a community garden or help them negotiate with neighbors and landlords to develop garden space at or near their homes.
Container gardening will be taught at a hands-on workshop at a subsidized housing complex with residents who have expressed interest as well as at a daycare that primarily serves low-income families. We already work with both of these places and distribute produce free of charge from our donation program. As participants have gotten familiar with our goals they have been asking us to help them learn how to garden and find spaces to do it. Container gardening will be one more way we can increase access to healthy food in our community
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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3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA