Our Community Kitchen Garden
The Our Community Kitchen Community (OCK) Garden supports a food program (photos included). All the produce from the OCK garden is cooked for a twice weekly breakfast, given away or preserved for winter use. Our Community Kitchen creates community by cooking and serving healthy foods, which guests share together around a table. OCK believes all people, regardless of ability or income, have a right to clean, healthy foods and a right to a connected network of supportive people.
The goal of our community garden project is to provide Our Community Kitchen's food program with as much fresh produce as it can use over the course of a year. Our Community Kitchen serves over 4000 nutritious meals each year that contain produce from our community garden. Each of the guests who eat with us benefit from eating fresh, organic, healthy produce, much of it from our garden. Many of the guests also take fresh produce home when OCK is unable to use all of it in our meal preparation.
Another goal is to utilize a garden to table strategy for procuring and serving healthy foods. An OCK community garden allows us to easily bring our own produce into our food program fulfilling the goal of a garden to table strategy.
Others who benefit from our community garden are those that participate in the planting, maintaining and harvesting of the garden. We include several organization that work with young people with special needs to help us in all aspects of the garden. Last year, we had a local Girl Scout Troop build a wheelchair accessible raised bed so people of all abilities can plant in our community garden.
Others who have participated in and benefited from the OCK community garden: homeschool students, community volunteers, and local non-profit organizations.
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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