The Growing Peace Garden
The Growing Peace Garden is a free food and teaching garden that benefits food insecure community members. It is one facet of The Growing Peace Project, a cultural exchange, social justice, and student activism initiative where students from diverse communities across the US collaborate on community issues that are important to them. The project hosts a Vermont summer leadership retreat where the students learn about food insecurity (our “Food For Thought” program), while helping to maintain the free food garden and to harvest and deliver its produce.
Throughout the gardening season food insecure community members can visit the garden for free food and to learn cooking methods and recipes for foods that are new to them. We also donate to organizations that serve the needy, such as Vermont Foodbank, area food shelves, homeless shelters, and senior centers. We seek community members, particularly those who will directly benefit, to help maintain the garden. In addition, our Growing Peace student activists take a central role in garden maintenance, harvest, and delivery when they attend the summer leadership retreat, thereby gaining skills and knowledge they can share with their own families and communities. For students who attend the retreat from underserved urban areas - most of whom have never been in a garden - this experience is particularly empowering and meaningful. Finally, in 2014 we hope to host parent and child “Eating Well” workshops for low income households. These workshops focus on affordable and healthy family meals that revolve around our garden produce.
Video (created for a past fundraiser for the entire project, with a section that's pertinent to our garden): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTZpNorBQcY
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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