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Native garden for women

This garden project will take place in a beautiful and remote village called Mendira in East Java. Mendira is situated in the slope of Anjasmara mountain and blessed with fertile soil. This village have been categorized as poor village for decades despite their abundant natural resources. The women in the village then decided that they need to fix their situation and the first thing they can think of is to fix the food system in their village first. An initial study have been conducted and we found at least 150 plant species can be found there and some of them are going extinct. The garden we are going to set up will be a community garden and will be planted with different edible native plants. The goal of this community garden is for learning and experiment space for the women so they can adapt a garden in their house to provide cheap and nutritious food for the family. 

The main beneficiaries are village women. They will be the one who set up the garden and take care of it and then adapt in their own houses. The women will first find the seedlings of some plants, especially the rare one, and for this they have to cooperate with Forestry Department since the forest that bordered their village is a protected forest which means people cannot easily take some thing from the forest. The garden will be equipped with an outdoor oven for the women to experiment with the food they produce from the garden. 

Where it's at:

Mendira village, Wonosalam district
Jombang East Java 61476

Garden type:

community garden

Garden size (in square feet):


Garden beneficiaries:

mothers and families

Number of people reached:


What this project needs:

expert technical assistance
community garden creation guidance
gardening books
watering hose
outdoor oven

Project leaders:

Hayu Patria
Maria Mumpuni

About us:

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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Kitchen Gardeners International
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(207) 956-0606