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Glatz Learning Garden

The Glatz Learning Garden Project began inauspiciously; as an overgrown backyard of a rental house. Greg Glatz, the landowner, was cited by the town. Instead of hiring a landscape contractor, he contacted the Sustainable Development department at Appalachian State and offered the land up for gardening in exchange for student help with clearing. This was in January 2012, since then, progress has continued on the garden. We’ve planted fruit trees, shaped beds, and built cold frames. We are both certified permaculture designers, and eagerly educate ourselves. Next spring we can focus on planting and harvesting at last. The vision of the garden is to provide a space for students community members to both grow food and experiment with sustainable garden techniques. We specialize in systems-based gardening using repurposed urban waste. The school offers many opportunities for larger scale agroecology projects at the research farm but lacks venues for independent research on home-scale systems. This will be first year we go into operation as an unofficial extension of the school's growing program. Our experience has taught us to be realistic with our decision making. The growth of the garden has been smart and steady, we aim to continue in this manner. It is challenging to balance the garden with full-time jobs. With the Sow it Forward grant, we could accelerate our progress towards a beautiful, fully-functioning garden to offer food and growing space to the community and students in the SD department. We thank you for providing this opportunity to the Glatz Garden and other gardens across the world. We’ll be hard at work next year regardless but your support would make a measurable difference in our progress.

Where it's at:

145 North Street
Boone, NC 28607
United States

Garden type:

college garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

landless people and food insecure people

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Project leaders:

Benjamin Loomis
Jordan Holder

About us:

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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606