Grace Gardens is a project of The Little Kitchen Food Shelf to grow produce in our urban setting of Minneapolis, MN and distribute the produce to our food shelf visitors. We built eight raised beds in our parking lot to grow food and teach people about gardening and healthy eating. The Little Kitchen Food Shelf has been a leader in our community promoting the need to provide not only nonperishable food items to food shelf recipients, but also fresh produce. We average about one thousands food shelf visitors each month serving children, parents and seniors who are food insecure and living in a food desert area where fresh produce may be difficult to obtain. We have been able to share the gardening experience with students from various schools and community organizations who come to volunteer at the food shelf or attend summer camps at our site. We also host a free monthly dinner and hope to incorporate produce from our garden into the menu this summer. Our gardens have been successful for several years, however we had a set back last fall. We needed to temporarily move our raised beds due to construction on the site. Unfortunately, the construction crew mistook our carefully bagged garden soil as landscaping material and buried much of it. We will need to buy new soil next spring.
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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