Franklinton Gardens aspires to have a four-season production cycle to allow for continuity of harvest and distribution of our produce throughout our neighborhood. We hope to extend our growing season by constructing a earth-bermed greenhouse attached to the south-facing wall of our headquarters. This greenhouse will be dedicated to producing seedlings to supplement our three high tunnels that enable four-season production. The greenhouse will be constructed as a "green" struture, and will be passively heated by solar heat gain from the sun, and heat radiation from the thermal mass of the building and soil into which it is constructed. An innovative hydronic hot water system will be installed to supplement heat on nights where passive heating is not adequate. An early steady supply of plant starts like kale, broccoli, tomatoes, squashes, and salad greens will enable Franklinton Gardens to produce fruits and vegetables in the ground earlier than our climate will naturally allow.
Part of the mission of Franklinton Gardens is to facilitate incorporation of healthy produce into the daily lives our our neighbors. We believe that a healthy diet is essential to self-empowerment and we work to influence the value-sets of our neighborhood by encouraging a lifestyle shift that embraces healthy food as central to daily routine. We reach out to our neighborhood's entire socio-demographic strata. Harvested fruits and vegetables are donated to area food pantries where they can be obtained for free, used in free community meals, sold at the Franklinton Gardens' freestanding produce market in the heart of Franklinton (food stamps accepted), sold at a seasonal farmers' market (food stamps accepted), and sold to local restaurants and groceries. Our impact is currently restrained to our natural growing season, but the addition of a greenhouse will allow us to grow, share, and educate about healthy food year-round.
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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