Lawrence Scott Community Garden
Master Gardeners of Benton-Franklin Counties are helping to locate, design, build and mentor a new community garden in a public park, in conjunction with the City of Kennewick, by April 2014. It will be about 3300 square feet with 1100 square feet of raised bed gardening space. This will provide about 2200 pounds of fresh produce annually to 20 households.
This garden will provide gardening space to help feed the needy in the immediate neighborhood. It is located near low-income housing with no gardening space and high food insecurity. It is also close to several social service organizations that will use it to help low-income, disadvantaged and at-risk households and youths learn to grow food. These include homeless teens; youths in the juvenile justice system; and women, infants and children suffering from food insecurity and poor nutrition.
This food garden is modeled after the successful partnership among Master Gardeners, the City, and the immediate neighborhood to develop the Jay Perry Community Garden in another low-income, food insecure neighborhood in Kennewick (see attached pictures). Jay Perry Community Garden provided about 1000 pounds of fresh produce to 10 households in its first year.
This model includes extensive outreach to and involvement of the immediate neighborhood on garden purpose, need, location, design and construction. The City then provides the land and water at no cost to the gardeners; prepares the site; builds the fence, gate, and paths; and provides all material for construction. Master Gardeners provide technical advice and assistance; recruit and manage volunteer teams to build the garden; supply garden tools, materials, seeds and seedlings; and assign on-going garden mentors to help the gardeners be successful. The gardeners form a garden committee to establish and enforce rules; help build the garden; and then operate and maintain the garden.
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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