Old Shool Garden
The Old School Garden was established in 2010 by Sustainable Mountain Living Communities,Inc. (SMLC); a tax-exempt non-profit organization. Our goal is to create and encourge sustainable sources of local food. This is accomplished primarily through the Old School Community Garden and Simply Homegrown: A Farmers' Market. The Garden is located on public land in downtown Clayton. It serves directly 43 families and hundreds of others through donations to food charities. Since 2010 the garden has grown from 60 plots to more than 100 and has had a total yield of 6200 pounds with 2800 pounds contributed to local charities.
The funds requested for this project will be utilized to create a riparian buffer along a creek on the south side of our garden. The habitat will initially cover an area if about 2000 square feet.
Pollinators are responsible for pollinating about 35% of all crop plants. In addition to the European honey bee there are more than 4000 varieties of pollinators: Native bees, wasps, butterflies and moths. Pests and disease have contributed to a sharp decline in honey bee numbers. Other pollinators are affected by habitat loss. The widespread use of crop pesticides has proven lethal to many pollinators.
The Old School Garden is already a magnet for pollinators as we follow organic practices. The project will provide new habitat for pollinators including a diversity of plants, nesting and egg-laying sites, and sheltered places for hibernation. Our gardeners will benefit from the increased presence of pollinators which will contribute to more prolific harvests which will be shared with several local food charities. Other community benefits will be described in the next section.
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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