My Friends House Community Garden
The vision of My Friends House is to uplift those in need by providing the best services possible with love and compassion. We seek to strengthen the social safety net while maintaining human dignity. The mission of My Friends House is to work to end hunger and promote healthy living. My Friends House serves the homeless, working poor families, the unemployed and underemployed, seniors and others on limited or fixed incomes. The majority of our clients are of African or Latino descent, although we are seeing more ethnic diversity
Our strategic plan calls for initiating a community or urban garden in 2014. We are in discussions with a variety of potential partners, including Black Women for Wellness, to create an urban garden planned for the 2500 square foot yard behind My Friends House. We intend that the produce harvested from the garden will augment the food we distribute and move us toward healthier options for our consumers. The harvest will be used in the Kitchen Divas program as well.
A portion of the requested funds will be used to develop a detailed plan for the garden with the assistance of Master Gardeners from the University of California Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This division has a Community Garden Start-Up Guide as well as experienced individuals who assist groups and organizations start and sustain community gardens. Volunteers to plan, develop and maintain the garden will be recruited from local residents, Kitchen Divas participants and partner congregations. Funds will also be used to prepare the space for planting which will include clearing the yard, building raised beds, purchasing plants and seeds, garden tools and equipment.
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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