Gardens to Go
The vision for our "Gardens to Go" project is to empower our students, their families, and other community members to grow healthy food at home by providing the knowledge, skills, ability and resources necessary. Two years ago, we created a school-based student led club known as Earth Movers. Enthusiastic to make their school and community a better place, Earth Movers inspired teachers, community volunteers and other students to come together to build 16 raised beds for seasonal vegetables, plant 14 blueberry bushes and create a pollinator garden. While we continue to educate students and provide them with the hands-on experience of growing and harvesting healthy fodd, we want to facilitate the expansion of their influence.
The next step is for students to transfer their knowledge and skills to benefit others. Our plan is to teach students how to create and maintain small portable raised bed gardens. The students will take these gardens home to nurture, harvest and share the bounty with their families and friends. These portable gardens will work in any situation including apartments and shared housing or transient situations. The ultimate goal is for people to realize how affordable, flexible and enjoyable a garden can be.
The "Sow it Forward" idea fits perfectly with our "Gardens to Go" project and will benefit our students, families and greater community. Approximately 80% of our students live at or below poverty level as identified by free and reduced lunch statistics. Many areas in our district have been identified as food deserts (areas with limited access to supermarkets, supercenters, grocery stores, or other sources of healthy and affordable food). We believe the interest and enthusiasm that brought our school gardens to life will carry our "Gardens to Go" to the greater community empowering people to achieve a greater level of food self-reliance.
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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