Jubilee Women's Center P-Patch
For over 30 years, Jubilee Women’s Center has transformed the lives of homeless and low-income women in Seattle, Washington. Located in the quiet, residential North Capitol Hill neighborhood, Jubilee is committed to providing safe, affordable, community housing and in-depth support services to single women experiencing poverty and crisis. Jubilee’s mission is “to support women experiencing poverty to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time.”
Residents are extremely low-income, on average earning just $6,324 per year when they come to live at Jubilee. With limited food budgets, it is often difficult for Jubilee residents to access healthy foods. Foods such as canned goods, breads and starches are often donated, but fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to come by. To address this issue, in September 2009 Jubilee invited a group of volunteers from Microsoft to install an onsite p-patch by removing a small strip of grass in the yard.
For a few years, a designated volunteer maintained the prolific little vegetable garden, supplying fresh organic greens, herbs, tomatoes and vegetables for residents. In 2012, a couple of residents asked if they could have their own plot. Because residents live at Jubilee for an average of 14 months, they can invest time to grow their own food. Now, 8 smaller plots are cared for by individual residents and one large plot and herb garden is maintained by a volunteer to grow food for the house. With this new system, the garden has never looked better. Our residents are an incredibly diverse group, so with their own plots they can grow foods that they like to eat. Residents also have a piece of land that is theirs to care for; this is exceedingly important to women who have not had a place to call home for some time.
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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