Gaia Community Table garden
The Gaia Movement was a fortunate recipient of the Sow it Forward Grant for 2014, and we have been busy ever since! The Community Table Garden, which the Sow It Forward Grant funded, has been able to provide organic, healthy food for the local Mid South Food Bank and Soup Kitchens here in Memphis throughout the year, directly reinforcing our motivation – that everyone, regardless of financial status, should have access to healthy food without a high price tag. Our Community Table Garden has been wonderfully supported by the community, and we have received countless accolades and media coverage with a positive response to our project. Now, to GROW, GROW, GROW!
Gaia Memphis, the local Chapter where our Community Table Garden is located, has been hard at work in the Garden! The vacant lot where the garden now exists has been transformed from an overgrown neighborhood eyesore into a space of pride. The Community Table Garden consists of 11 raised cinder block beds. We have 3 rain barrels connected to a generous neighbor’s gutters that have watered our garden all year. We have grown Zucchini, Beets, Lettuce, Cucumbers, three varieties of Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Green Beans, Carrots, Cantaloupe, Basil, Parsley, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Peas, and Radishes! We combined gardening methods like companion planting and hugelkultur, using old wood pieces in the bottom of the garden beds for moisture retention, and planting different species together, such as tomatoes, basil, and carrots, and marigolds all in one bed. We had almost no pest/bug infestations, and all of our plants have been very successful and productive. Most importantly, we have been able to make biweekly drop-offs to the Food Bank, providing over 1,000 lbs of fresh, clean, healthy produce to Memphians that otherwise may not have access to such foods!
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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