Mountain Home Food Basket Bucket Garden
If we are fortunate enough to receive a KGI "Sow It Forward" grant, we will install a "bucket" garden in the front yard of our building, immediately in front of the entrance for good visibility and easy access (see drawing below). The garden will consist of about 20 5-gallon food-grade buckets in a single row, which will be planted with common, easy-to-grow summertime vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, pole beans, bush beans, green onions, carrots, radishes, and the like. We hope to acquire the buckets for free from local grocery stores, but if not, we will purchase them with grant money. Smaller recycled containers in front of these will hold various types of flowers and small herbs; these "pots" will likely include empty plastic coffee canisters, ice cream buckets, milk jugs, etc., demonstrating that it isn't necessary to spend money to find containers to grow things in.
We intend to set up a large rain barrel under the downspout just around the corner of the building and water the buckets with a long hose when Mother Nature provides, but with nearby city water when She doesn't. A compost bin, located discreetly at the far end of the garden, will allow us to recycle garden waste into usable soil enrichment material.
All produce harvested from these buckets will be distributed to clients.
The main goal for this project, besides providing fresh produce to our hungry neighbors, is to encourage them to grow at least SOME of their own food, by demonstrating that it doesn't have to take a large plot of land and lots of back-breaking labor to do so.
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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