Growing Food Forward/Yampah Mountain H.S. Vermicompost Starter Farm
Our mission statement is: “Empowering community through education, sustainable projects, and gardens for hunger relief within our communities.”
We started this project in March, 2013 by distributing 1200 packets of donated non-GMO, organic, mostly heirloom herb and vegetable seeds to over 200 gardeners in 4 counties, who in turn committed and delivered 10% of their harvests to their area food pantries and/or food insecure neighbors.
During the process, plots of land were donated to the program. Through collaborations and working with and teaching of over 160 ESL summer school students, 20 Autistic young adults and their counselors and other volunteers that totaled over 230 people, we built 35, 7-layer, raised bed gardens in 30 days. Out of those gardens, we harvested and distributed right to the doors of food insecure families, seniors, veterans, and disabled, 2532 lbs. of over 100 varieties of fresh produce.
We rebuilt and planted all the beds in the Yampah Mountain High School 22’ climate battery bio-dome greenhouse and taught canning and preserving classes to the Sustainable Science students 4-days a week until Thanksgiving break, when we distributed 117 cases of salsas, pickles, relish, applesauce, jellies, jams, and more, made from our produce as well as what volunteers harvested off of area plum, apple, apricot, and pear trees.
This year we are greatly expanding our program through building more gardens in several towns, providing "porch garden kits" to the people we serve to empower them to grow some of their own food, will be providing cooking and all phases of gardening classes, and will be building a vermi-compost farm to facilitate us having premium compost for our gardens and gardeners as well as a future revenue stream to offset operating expenses of our Growing Food Forward program, (formerly known as Plant A Row To End Hunger).
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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA