Katie's Commons, a Pantry Garden
Katie’s Commons works to be a link in the food security chain for our community. It is a garden planned, planted, tended, and harvested by a community of volunteers from area churches, food pantries, civic organizations and the town. We seek to build partnerships with existing organizations who share similar missions related to the commonwealth of the community, e.g. churches, the county extension, master gardeners, scout troops, etc. As of this writing, we have entered into formal partnerships with the Stone Soup Food Pantry of Mulberry and the IMPACT after school program. By building cooperative relationships we hope the effectiveness of each organization will be multiplied.
Katie’s Commons will plant the garden in consultation and cooperation with the clients of the local food pantry; asking them for preferences in the produce to be planted. We will invite them to be active in the care of the garden. The harvest will be distributed through the pantry. In addition, we will distribute seeds so that the clients may grow food at their home, perhaps in containers if land is not available to them.
We want also to be a place where community is grown and nourished. Katie’s Commons will host events such as seed swaps, picnics and seed time and harvest celebrations.
We realize that knowledge and experience in food related issues is not universally possessed. Therefore, Katie’s Commons will also be a source for education, offering classes in gardening, seed saving, food preparation and preservation.
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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Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA