Greater Works Community Garden
The Greater Works Community Garden will be a partnership involving the library, the Food Bank, the Lions Club, the Mason Garden Club, and the Mason County Agriculture Extension Agent. The library project has 3 goals: 1) to provide heirloom seeds for the Greater Works Community Garden 2) to establish a Library Heirloom Seed Exchange for the community and 3) to give children a chance to read about and plant a garden. When they harvest, Food Bank recipients will save seeds to give back to the library. We want to provide heirloom seeds because they have not been genetically altered or hybridized. Using heirloom seeds will keep traditional plants available as part of our cultural heritage. The garden will be located adjacent to the Food Bank, located in the center part of town. Many recipients can simply walk from home to tend their garden plots. Food Bank client interest in community gardening is strong; almost 50% of those surveyed indicated that they want to participate. Food Bank clients, community gardeners, children, and the library will benefit. Food Bank clients will have more fresh food and can take a sense of pride in growing it themselves. Helping Food Bank clients grow their own food is a way to offer "a hand up, not just a hand out." Gardening is also good exercise for them. Community gardeners can get seeds. Many of the clients do not currently use the library, but coming to pick out their seeds will give us an opportunity to tell them about our other services. The Mason community is a mix of HIspanic and Caucasian residents, and sharing a common effort will stimulate communication, understanding, and cooperation among all involved. Children will learn how to grow food. The library can provide books and online sources about gardening as well.
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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