LINC Urban Farm
LINC (Leading Into New Communities), Inc. strives to empower men and women returning from incarceration to be productive members of our community. We provide up to 20 men and 20 women with a structured transitional living environment, counseling programs and case management support, job training and work experience. The LINC Urban Farm is one of three vocational training enterprises under development that LINC residents may pursue during their residence (up to 18 months), where they learn techniques for organic gardening using raised beds, vermicomposting and composting, beekeeping, and mycofarming. The program also emphasizes the benefits of eating fresh local food. Produce from the Farm is used in the residents’ kitchen, where healthy meal planning and preparation are encouraged. When residents complete the program, they will leave with the confidence and knowledge they need to grow a portion of the food they consume, from a few herbs on a windowsill to a large garden in the backyard. In addition, residents will have developed skills that will help them re-enter the workforce and become actively involved in their communities – planning and maintaining a large project, managing time effectively to balance work obligations with personal appointments and outside interests, and a strong work ethic including reliability, cooperation, and initiative.
LINC, Inc. staff, residents, and community volunteers broke ground for the Urban Farm in January, 2013. By the end of the year, the Farm has grown to include almost forty 4’ x 4’ raised beds used for square-foot gardening. There is available space to more than triple this number, but there is a very limited budget for the Farm until it becomes established and financially self-sustaining.
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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