Griswold Community Garden
We will be initiating a gardening project for the community of Griswold, Iowa. The demographics of our small, rural Iowa town have changed a great dear over the 30 plus years we have lived here. The number of multi-generation families with farming heritage has decreased significantly. We now have many more families that lack ties to the community as well as to a "production" background. We also have a disproportionate senior population. All too often, food budgets are tight for these families as is witnessed by the increased usage of "The Lord's Cupboard" a volunteer food pantry operated through our local ministerial association. In conjunction with it, the Food Bank of the Heartland has held two "mobile food pantries" that have been well attended. It is our intention to match members of a local Master Gardener's organization and church volunteers with gardening backgrounds to mentor those who would use home grown produce for their families, so that we can provide them not only the space and seeds to garden, but also the knowledge and encouragement that will help raise the probability of them being successful. We are hopefull relationships will be established that might allow mentoring not only in the production, harvest, preservation and utilization of produce, but also in other life aspects as well.
P.S. Sorry we do not have much for a picture yet as the project will really just start this spring. The picture shows the ground that has been chisel plowed this fall and will be garden tilled this spring as well as a few of the people involved and our small greenhouse where some plants will be started.
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