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Kennett Square Food Justice Garden

El Huerto de Justicia Alimentaria de Kennett Square (Kennett Square Food Justice Garden) is an initiative of members of the farmworker organization CATA (Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas) and the Kaolin Mushroom Workers Union to improve the health and well-being of the Latino and immigrant community around Kennett Square by enabling them to increase their access to and knowledge about healthy, affordable, chemical-free and fairly-produced food. It is based on the belief that all people should have control over their own food system and access to healthy food. It is located on land owned by the Borough of Kennett Square and the facilities of the Public Works Department which is central to apartment complexes and residential neighborhoods where workers and their families live.

The garden began in the summer of 2014 and is designed, maintained and managed by Latino immigrant families mainly from central Mexico (specifically Guanajuato) and western Guatemala who live and work year-round in the many mushroom farms and packinghouses in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The gardeners are community members who want to put their rich traditional and cultural knowledge of sustainable and subsistence agriculture into practice, teach those skills to the next generation, and combat health epidemics brought on by lack of access to healthy food common in low-income communities and communities of color. The produce they grow is shared among the participating families and distributed for free or at a low cost to the wider community and at the mushroom farms. 

Where it's at:

Grant Way
Kennett Square, PA 19348
United States

Garden type:

community garden

Garden size (in square feet):

4500

Garden beneficiaries:

immigrants and food insecure people

Number of people reached:

100

What this project needs:

funds
tools
seedlings
lumber
greenhouse
coldframe
garden cart
trellises

Project leaders:

Rachel Winograd
Meghan Hurley

About us:

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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606