Goodrich-Gannett Community Garden
The Goodrich-Gannett Community Garden started more than 10 years ago as the need and interest in community growing space in the neighborhood grew. As clients in our various programs have increased so has the need for more garden space, which is why we are planning an expansion this spring. The garden provides local seniors and children with fresh produce that they would typically be unable to afford. Elderly participants in the community garden program improve their physical and emotional health through their access to fresh fruits and vegetables and their ability to socialize with other community members. Children of all ages benefit from not only the nutritional aspects of cultivating fresh foods, but also the inter-generational mentorship that occurs when working with the elderly in the garden. The majority of the clients served at Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center (GGNC), both elderly and youth are residing in low-income apartment buildings or duplex housing, neither of which offer much green space in which clients are able to garden. In addition to the need for increased growing space within the community GGNC also identified a huge interest within our large elderly Asian population to grow fruits and vegetables native to their home country. Our short-term goal is to expand the garden utilizing space that has been created after the removal of two trees last summer. This expansion would allow us to add two more raised beds which would accommodate eight elderly gardeners as well as creating space for four additional plots against the fence line in the previously shaded area. After this expansion we will be able to utilize all of our green space, next year we hope to expand up by exploring vertical gardening.
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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