Glean KY's demonstration and gleaning garden
Our project is to create a new demonstration garden that would be unveiled at our biggest event of the year in July/August. This garden would include a variety of fruits and vegetables to show the range of produce that we deal with, and would be tended by volunteers of Faith Feeds|Glean KY. The fundraising event attracted 215 people last year and serves as an important tool for our organization. The goal is to increase awareness about our role in the community as well as food insecurity and waste in Kentucky. There would be a live demonstration with gleaning volunteers, showing how we glean produce from farms and orchards in the area. There will also be demonstrations showing how much is wasted in the commercial farming process and what would typically be left. Some seeds from the crops will be used in a future fundraising seed sale the following March, and the produce will go directly to one or several hunger programs in Woodford County. 2014 will see the start of a new chapter of Glean KY in Woodford, so this garden will aide in starting the partnerships with those organizations. The garden will be maintained by volunteers and produce will continue to be donated to hunger initiatives throughout the year. We expect to glean about 100 pounds of food from this garden, which translates to about 400 servings, or about 100 meals donated to local hunger programs. In addition, increased awareness about local issues and our mission to the expected 300 in the audience means we expect to impact over 400 people with the help of this garden. GleanKY provides a rare opportunity to include fresh produce in food distributed to low-income individuals and families. To date we have gleaned over 335,000 pounds.
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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