Growing Healthy Kids Community Garden
The Growing Healthy Kids community garden was created in 2008 in partnership with Carrboro Recreation and Parks. The main goal is to provide a place where low-resource families with young children can learn to grow their own food. This increases access to fresh vegetables and provides an opportunity for physical activity and time outside in the fresh air. Children are learning where food comes from and how to grow it. They are eating things that to quote one parent, “they would never have put into their mouths before being part of the garden”!
Priority is given to low-resource families. Seventy-five percent of the families are Hispanic immigrants. We also have Burmese refugees, Caucasian and African-American members. Each family has a 10x10 plot that they tend and they keep the food they grow. The GHK garden has 28 individual family parcels. During the 2013 growing season, the garden was fully subscribed serving 28 families with 55 children ages birth to teens. Many families suffer from food insecurity due to under-employment. Families are asked to pay an annual fee ranging from $20 to $80 based on income, but 85% of families are living below the federal poverty line and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.
The support of the garden through funds from the Orange County Partnership for Young Children and other sources enables families to supplement their diets at low-cost since the project provides tools, seeds and water. Families are learning a skill they will use for a lifetime.
As we enter our 7th season of the GHK community garden, we are excited to have 80% of our gardeners from 2013 returning. Little recruitment is necessary to fill the garden in the spring as members bring friends, family and neighbors when there are plots available.
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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