Hydroponic / Soil Community Garden
The hydroponic community garden, started in spring 2013, serves the Knoxville community to fill the following needs:
- The garden serves as a “teaching garden” to provide instruction for children and adults on how to grow produce and manage a garden using energy and space efficient technology.
- The garden supports food banks in Knoxville. We distribute healthy fruit and vegetables to low income families, and deliver food to subsidized daycare programs.
The hydroponic garden produces several times the amount of edible vegetables than a similarly sized soil garden would be able to produce, due to highly efficient delivery of nutrients and space-saving design. Our garden currently includes both a hydroponic system and a small soil garden area. The garden produces tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, peas, green beans, basil, kales, Swiss chard, squash, beets, carrots, radishes, onions, bok-choy, and cucumbers. In 2013, our garden produced 1,047 heads of lettuce and 1,087 lbs of other produce. All food was donated to those in need. If awarded this grant, we will use materials and funds to provide more educational programs, and more healthy food to children and families who need it.
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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