Gardens for life
The purpose of this project is to create an edible landscape in the garden of a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. We would like to create an environment where the residents will have an opportunity to work together to grow local varieties of fresh nutrient-dense food. They will also learn more about many environmental issues and sustainable practices related to food production. This is a new garden that we would like to develop. We have already begun to prepare the ground for spring planting. It is our intention to create a colorful environment that will attract wildlife and pollinators such as butterflies and bees, which will be stimulating to all of the senses and encourage the individuals to spend more time outside interacting with nature. This will be a demonstration/teaching garden designed with permaculture principles, of Earthcare, People care and Fair share. Our goal is to empower the individuals whom we support by promoting social exchanges, healthy eating, and physical activity through fun garden activities. We hope to replicate this model in other group home gardens, which will allow more individuals with developmental disabilities to benefit and yield an even wider variety of produce to increase our ability to share and sow it forward.
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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