The Gravatt Farm Project
In the spring of 2011 the Gravatt Environmental Education Program started a farm project and built a few small planter boxes next to Lake Henry. It was a project that would allow Gravatt to educate people on how to grow, prepare, and store their own food. This would empower them to be self-sufficient, enable them to provide healthy meals for their families, and encourage them to prepare for the future. That summer the garden produced about a basket full of tomatoes.
Now the garden has grown from a few small boxes to about 1/4 of an acre. Since the expansion of the garden it has produced a variety of vegetables and fruits such as okra, peppers, watermelons, and heirloom tomatoes. The garden has been through two warm seasons and is now starting its second cold season with lettuce, cabbage, and beets being planted. So far this year the Gravatt garden produced over 250lbs of fresh produce and offered many children the opportunity to become directly involved in the farming process. We are now getting ready to expand the farm project significantly.
Funding from The United Thank Offering will allow us to begin building a greenhouse as well as expand the garden by another acre. With the extra acre of land being farmed, Thomas Coleman, our program director, anticipates that next year’s harvest will provide more than 1500lbs of fresh produce.
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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