Edible Plant Project garden & nursery community expansion
The Edible Plant Project (est 2002) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit plant nursery. We propagate over 50 species of locally appropriate food plants, mostly not available from other sources. We distribute plants, seeds, and information, at the local farmer's market and other venues. We use all volunteer labor to keep adoption costs down and for free distributions, so that almost anyone can fill their yard with food plants, and become more self-sufficient.
We will use this grant to establish a small orchard, where we will grow fruit trees that we do not yet have propagule sources for. The goals are to have a source for cuttings, seeds, budwood, and air layers, to use in our propagation efforts, as well as to produce fruits for the volunteers to enjoy while volunteering. We expect this to improve our efforts at volunteer recruitment and retention. We also started cooking classes to promote underutilized crops and introduce variety into the regional food culture.
The beneficiaries will be all the people who adopt our plants and/or eat food produced by them. They will have access to an expanded selection of fruit and trees. We also donate plants to public plantings, some of which benefit underserved demographics. We donated plants to the Downtown Farmers Garden, which provides food for a local homeless shelter, and we are planning to donate trees to the planned expansion of the McRorie Community Garden.
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