Interbay P-Patch Giving Garden
Interbay P-Patch has had a Giving Garden since the mid-1980s, when members of the community garden began donating some of the healthy, nourishing food they grew to organizations that were helping feed people with HIV. The Giving Garden program has grown steadily since then and is now a very organized effort run by a team of dedicated volunteers – people of all ages from the P-Patch and from the community at large – who meet every Tuesday evening from April through October to tend the 2500 sq. ft. Giving Garden beds. We work in groups, planting, harvesting, weeding, watering, mulching and making compost. The team also gleans produce from P-Patchers who specifically grow extra food for donation. Every year, Interbay donates a total of about 4,000 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables. Currently, the produce goes to three recipients: a local food bank that serves 1,600 families, a downtown shelter that prepares lunch for 150 homeless women and children, and a residence for about 40 formerly homeless senior men.
The gorgeous, organic produce we grow and donate is greatly appreciated by everyone who receives it. Our fresh-picked, healthy, seasonal fruits and veggies (lettuce, peas, beets, kale, chard, collards, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, berries, plums and apples) are always eagerly awaited by food bank clients and other recipients.
In addition to serving people who are food insecure, the Interbay Giving Garden program also serves the community as a whole by teaching people how to grow food, demonstrating sustainable organic gardening practices, and bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds to appreciate the true value of volunteering. In addition to delicious organic food, our Giving Garden grows community organizers, dedicated volunteers, and great friendships!
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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