Lucas Village Community Garden
The Lucas Village Community garden will be the cornerstone of The Healthy Families Initiative (HFI). The HFI was created through a partnership with The Housing Authority of Frederick and the Americorps VISTA program. It is designed to increase healthy food access in the Lucas Village community of Frederick, MD. The initiative combines a community garden and nutrition, cooking, and budgeting classes to educate and empower residents to make healthy choices for their families.
Lucas Village is a public housing neighborhood that serves 92 low-income families in Frederick. Located over a mile from the nearest grocery store, Lucas Village is considered a food desert which is complicated by the fact that many of the residents do not own a car and rely on family or friends for transportation. Over 90% of the families that live in the community receive some form of food assistance whether it is SNAP benefits, WIC, or both and make regular trips to the food bank to supplement their remaining food needs. The garden, in conjunction with various classes being offered, will help our residents become vested in their meals by learning where their food comes from and having the opportunity to grow their own.
Our garden goals are to have 12 10'x10' plots planted this spring by families in the community. Currently we have built 12 beds by layering cardboard, woodchips, and compost - all of which were donated by local companies and farmers. They will sit over the winter and hopefully be ready by the spring! We would also like to install an irrigation system, build a shed, and create a compost system. The long-term goal of the Healthy Families Initiative is to improve food access and self-reliance of our residents when it comes to feeding their families fresh, healthy food on a budget.
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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