Project Solution Garden Program
Project Solution is a safe-haven and educational center for low-income youth in central Reno.
Project Solution is growing and expanding an on-site organic garden and an accompanying curriculum for youth and young adults. In 2012, we built raised beds, with help from community volunteers, and grew organic vegetables which where were eaten on-site by low-income youth, distributed to local families, and used for on-site cooking classes and nutrition education. In 2013, we expanded our growing space and have continued to teach gardening, nutrition, and cooking to ages 6-12 at the Children’s Summer Camp Program, as well as during the After School Care Program. The Garden Program seeks to achieve the following Objectives:
• Beautify the Community Complex and further engage the local community;
• Demonstrate Sustainable Agriculture systems in Northern Nevada;
• Increase habitat for local wildlife;
• Provide education for local youth and their families on Organic Gardening, Nutrition, Cooking, Permaculture Design, etc.;
• [Through education] Ameliorate social disadvantages by increasing job-skills and reducing food dependency;
• Increase access to organic, fresh foods for local families living at or below poverty level;
• Provide free community space for the immediate neighborhood to tend their own garden;
• Encourage youth to spend time outdoors exploring the natural world;
• Create a new micro-economy in the form of an on-site Farmer’s Market operated by youth participating in the YES Program* (this will not begin until the Garden Program is further established).
• Create other future revenue streams for Project Solution and local partners, i.e. educational workshops and classes
*The YES Program stands for Youth Entrepreneurial Skills and is focused on teaching job-skills, encouraging higher education, and providing hands-on business education by allowing the youth to operate on-site micro-economies. We have received over $35,000 to launch this Program in February 2014.
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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