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Food Not Lawns workshop

The Food Not Bombs Free Skool provides workshops in organic gardening to people seeking to organize Food Not Lawns Community Gardens. People from all over the world spend two to four weeks at the school participating in the basics of soil nutrition, composting, double digging, seed cultivation and companion planting. Fruit tree care, irrigation, natural pest control,  weeding , thinning and harvesting are also part of the project. Another unique part of our program is instruction in community involvement once the participants return home where they are encouraged to invite those needing food to join in the creation of their own gardens. We provide the book Food Not Lawns by Heather Flores as an aid to our project

We have from 15 to 20 participants each two week session. People have come from as far away as Israel and Germany during our first year. Many local people also participate as well.  Most of those attending the program have been from across the United States and Canada and are generally college aged although we have had both younger and older participants.

We judge our success by the number of participants that return home and start their own local Food Not Lawns Garden projects. Each garden not only provides fresh organic vegetables and fruit to those people tending their own garden plots but the surplus is shared with local Food Not Bombs chapters supporting their vegan meal program for the hungry and homeless.

There are Food Not Lawns Community Gardens in several hundred cities often started by local Food Not Bombs volunteers many who have attended the Food Not Bombs Free Skool. We provide food to the hungry in over 1,000 cities around he world and offer workshops on Food Not Lawns Community Gardening to all our volunteers for free.

Where it's at:

1237 Cardenas Lane
El Prado, NM 87529
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and homeless people

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What this project needs:

irrigation system
outdoor oven

Project leaders:

Keith McHenry
David Lewis

About us:

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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606