Hope Community Garden
The Hope Community Garden project was created by a young and enthusiastic group of gardeners and volunteers in one of the neighborhoods in Sofia, the capital of post-communist Bulgaria. The veggie garden is situated in the empty space surrounding some panel buildings in one of the workers districts in the city and is around 172 square feet. We planted it with pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, green salad, cucumbers, string beans and flowers.
As during the communist times a lot of Bulgarians were extracted from their houses in the villages and brought in panel buildings in the big cities, most of the young people are not aware how to grow their own food. On the other hand, there are a lot of areas next to the buildings, suitable for gardening purposes which are not occupied currently. So, as in Bulgaria it is not very common to have such community projects, we believe it will have a strong social effect on local people and also will help them get back to their roots, becoming more independent and inspire them to live more healthy way of live.
After the successful start of the Hope Community Garden, we are aiming at doubling its size this year, spreading more widely the word about the project and making local people more familiar with it. We will also provide them with fresh vegetables, seeds, seedlings and knowledge about successful gardening practices.
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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