You can grow your own food. And we can help!

Polk Roots

Connect Polk is composed of community members who share a common commitment to organic, urban agriculture and access to healthy food for all residents of Polk County through community gardens. We actively seek to create a more sustainable society by engaging in environmentally beneficial urban land stewardship, which includes community gardens and cultivating community.

We currently have installed four gardens through partnerships with other like-minded volunteer organizations which provide food to the food insecure in Polk County.  As an example, the Growing Hope Garden, built in cooperation with Gospel, Inc; provides food to the homeless population in downtown Lakeland. At Growing Hope, homeless stewards are educated on how to garden and to prepare healthy food harvested from their garden.  To continue with our mission we wish to install a fifth garden which would provide both food and a place for education which includes planting, harvesting and preparing the fruits and vegetables.

Our newest Garden will be built with the purpose to provide awareness within Polk County about our vision for good, healthy food for all. The community volunteers will be encouraged to assist in the garden installation and maintenance.  Ongoing Classes will be provided on gardening techniques for successful crops and cooking classes for healthy living.  Surplus food will be available for local food banks and community centers throughout Polk County.

The garden project will be a 500 square foot raised bed installation using Permaculture techniques. The garden will feature perennial vegetables and fruit trees. The garden will provide a sustainable food source requiring minimal ongoing maintenance, but with high yield of nutritious food.

Where it's at:

3140 Troy Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803
United States

Garden type:

food bank garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and homeless people

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What this project needs:

volunteer labor
fruit bushes
fruit trees
gardening books
watering hose
irrigation system
garden cart
compost bin
chicken coop
outdoor oven

Project leaders:

Alysia Reppeto-Evans
Cynthia Heffner

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
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606