Ontario Street Community Garden
Pictures above illustrate our nearby pilot project from 2013. This application is for our second site on Ontario Street, approved site plan included. Construction Date, April, 2014.
ICG targets urban neighborhoods where more than 20% of population is living below the federal poverty line. We design and install attractively landscaped raised bed vegetable gardens, using volunteers from a partnered suburban and urban church to provide volunteers to manage the site. Each site includes perimeter fencing and landscaping with perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees. There is an individual drip irrigation system for each bed, with picnic tables, entrance pergola, garden shed and picnic tables provided. There is never a charge to participate in the garden. All starter plants and seeds are provided.
A ICG trained garden manager works with small group leaders of each H-garden pod(tm) of 5 families under the supervision of County Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener to properly grow and harvest organic fruits and vegetables. Each family gets to choose from three preset Vegetable Garden designs which reflect current knowledge of companion planting of high yield, high disease resistant fruits and vegetables paired with herbs and flowers.
We work closely with city officials; consequently we were able to have the surrounding neighborhood declared an 'Impact Zone' increasing police protection and zoning enforcement, raising the living standards for business and residents. The garden site also becomes a source of pride for all residents, especially the gardeners who so need encouragement and hope for themselves and their families.
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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