Quinta da Videira
We have been working with urban gardening in the neighborhood for 4 years now and calling a growing attention from the media, universities and neighbors. From an original area of 3000 Square foot we have seen our efforts expanding to other houses and now to abandoned lots, managing foraging for animals, traditional plants, veggies, fruits and now a growing number of youth strongly affected by drugs and crime has approached us and been helped to recover while volunteering among us. We have rented a second house for young volunteers and now we are preparing a new green house for seedlings and research on heirloon seeds. Expanding the number of families experimenting stronger traditional plants and re-integrating youth with their neighborhood through working on gardening is a goal we are reaching by using all small resources we can get, including this grant, in order to make something that other people see as impossible or not feasible, as it seem to be to get the present 4 tons of food out of our small garden, to manage 42 tons of urban organic waste into life, compost, animal feed and veggies or to have chickens and fresh meat in the urban gentrified area. Now that we have results , things are becoming easier each day. This grat will be a little push towards what we believe is seen as improbable for many individuals but most valuable and possible for a community: to give new perspective to a youth that sees no hope in the surrounds.
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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