Growing Garden Ambassadors
In July 2011, Metanoia CDC partnered with the City of North Charleston to transform a former trailer park into Chicora Place Community Garden. Today, the community garden (located in a food desert) is proud to distribute close to 830 pounds of fruit, vegetables and herbs to people with the greatest need. We also share seeds, seedlings, compost and tips with anyone who has an interest. Metanoia wants to broaden community engagement in our green space efforts beyond the garden’s borders. Along with managing the 1,000+ square foot permaculture garden, we want to establish new ‘mini-demonstration gardens’ throughout Metanoia’s service area. Many residents who garden in our community are seniors and individuals receiving disability benefits who do not have access to cars. While some residents live steps from garden resources others use trash cans and hand trucks to haul garden supplies across busy streets along numerous city blocks.
We believe all people have valuable skills to contribute to making our neighborhood more beautiful, bountiful and interconnected. Sow It Forward grant funding will cover the costs of delivering compost, containers, seeds, compost bins and other gardening materials to new garden ‘ambassadors.’ It takes time to build the trust needed to make any community garden effort successful. By giving individuals and groups the tools they need to enhance their personal green space, the entire neighborhood will benefit when more people are engaged in personal gardening and neighborhood beautification.
Our garden coordinator will consult with garden ambassadors to create spaces that match their interests. In exchange, the ambassadors agree to manage their gardens and serve as resident experts for their neighbors, sharing their skills, materials and any surplus produce, flowers, herbs, etc. We will host several garden workdays each month with simple gardening techniques, recipes and cooking demonstrations to further boost resident gardening skills.
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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Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA