The Garden Project of the Food Bank of Western New York
Food For All, a program of the Network of Religious Communities, was founded in 1982 to work to increase food security by educating the public about hunger and motivating food system change.
In conjunction with the Food Bank of Western New York, Food For All runs the Garden Project to work in pursuit of a more sustainable food system by empowering people to engage in agricultural production. Garden participants consist of income-eligible families and community volunteers. The primary goals of our program are to: teach and share knowledge about sustainable agricultural practices, healthy eating, and food preservation in an interactive, inclusive way; grow food that is nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate; and provide a safe, welcoming environment for a group of people that is diverse in age, culture, and income.
Since its founding, the Garden Project has become a highly productive garden with a committed participant base. Our volunteer staff guides our gardeners through all aspects of food production, from composting and mulching to preparing and planting seeds, weeding, managing pests and diseases, and harvesting. Throughout the growing season, we hold nutrition and cooking lessons to educate gardeners about different ways to consume and preserve their garden-harvested produce.
While we are continually working in pursuit of these goals, our garden funds are limited, as we depend on limited funding from the Food Bank of Western New York for basic inputs and donations from volunteer staff. Due to these unfortunate circumstances, a generous grant from Kitchen Gardeners International would make that much more of a meaningful and positive impact on our garden. Dedicating more resources to education, outreach, and garden infrastructure will enhance the garden’s ability to serve as a vibrant community space.
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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