Manter House Garden
The Manter House Garden is located in the backyard of a community house in a low-income neighborhood. The garden was started two years ago as part of the larger goal to improve the overall health of the neighborhood, and to create a value for healthy food. The garden has also given the opportunity to learn about nutrition, stewarding produce, and how to cook. It has been a connecting place for a neighborhood where isolation used to be the norm. Conversation flows more easily when we’re working together in the dirt! And it has given a sense of pride as participants taste and see the results of their hard work.
Volunteers and neighbors plant the garden and also keep it watered. Anyone who weeds for an hour can take home vegetables. The garden produce is intentionally included in the other programs in the house such as the cooking class, lunches or dinners that are included with some of the programs, and life skills classes. The children in the afterschool programs often help in the garden, and the produce is used in the summer children’s program, which includes lunch.
We have expanded the garden each year, and this year we have planted a winter garden. The garden is highly visible through a chain link fence on a main road, serving as a reminder to all who pass by that we can improve our lives through gardening.
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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