Growing in the Garden
Our church was founded to be a community center for the neighborhood it is in. The neighborhood was built up in the 1950s, and the church was founded in the same time. Our neighborhood has always been home to working people. Over time, people from different parts of the city and the world have made their homes here as they work to improve their lives. Today, dozens of languages are spoken in the homes here. In addition to the social barriers of prejudice, there are real barriers of language and culture that make it hard for our neighborhood to join together.
Our garden is a communal space where people work together and share the fruit (or veggies) of their labor. Families from the neighborhood work with each other and members of the church, most of whom have been able to move to more affluent parts of the city. In 2013, our first year, we had far more children than adults, and we are working to bring adults into the garden as well. In addition to providing "food aid," we give our neighbors, many of whom were raised in rural areas in Central America and Southeast Asia, the chance to grow their own food and provide for themselves with pride and dignity. They also care for others, since 10% of our harvest goes to the food pantry that is housed at our church. Thus our garden is a place to grow both food and community.
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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