Our mission is to enrich and nourish the Decatur-Macon county community by helping those who are hungry and want to work to grow their own food--especially those who are socially, develpmentally or economically disadvantaged.
In our four years of existence, DIGG has employed low-income youth through a federal Workforce grant partnership, sold and donated thousands of pounds of produce, launched a pilot grower-trainee program, partnered with dozens of other community organizations and agencies and established 12 neighborhood and school gardens. We're leasing a certified kitchen and teaching food preservation and cooking classes, providing a community resource for people of all income brackets, and every year we teach free vegetable gardening classes at the public library. We have installed a model rainwater-harvesting system to address drought problems and plan to expand holdings in vacant lots for more vegetable growing.
In spring 2013, DIGG partnered with Macon Resources Inc., which provides a comprehensive array of services annually to more than 475 children and adults who have a developmental disability, mental illness or other disability. DIGG/Macon Resource started ReSource Farms, a pilot urban farm project. Macon Resources quickly found the project was an excellant work and vocational training opportunity for its clients--individuals who did not respond in other work situations were excited about learning and working with the crops. And DIGG quickly realized how the partnership could advance its mission as well.
In January 2013, DIGG and Macon Resources Inc entered into an agreement on a pilot urban farming project. The basic premis of the agreement is that DIGG is to supply a hoophouse for three (possibly) four-season cropgrowing, seeds and technical expertise; Macon Resources is to supply the land, water and labor. The organizations would equally share any profits.
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