Friends Life Community Garden Greenhouse
The 2014 Friends Life Community Garden is in need of a greenhouse that will allow us to continue to raise fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices year round. We are offering this access to disabled adults that may not be able to access these healthy options on a daily basis. Most of them do not complete their own grocery shopping, are currently not packing their own lunches, and do not prepare their own meals daily so this takes away many opportunities to make healthy food choices. With our garden in 2013, Friends Life staff witnessed that when given proper education and fresh produce options that the healthy foods became the preferred choice for most and their less healthy packed lunch was returned home. They also were able to take the food items home and could request that it was prepared for dinner.In many cases, the participants harvested fruits and vegetables from the garden and immediately wanted to try new healthy foods. Over the course of the year, we have been monitoring the weight of all the participants in the program and have noticed some of them have lost weight and/or inches in their waist. They have gained a great knowledge of the nutritional value of the foods that we eat and the effects that these foods can have on our bodies. We have created a compost, that allows us to recycle our food into soil for our garden. There was also a rain barrel set up in the spring so that we can reuse the water to nourish our plants. We are learning and teaching the value of nutrition to those that are in need and want to live a healthy lifestyle.
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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