South Park Community Garden
Our half-acre South Park Community and Kids’ Garden, on the corner of Milton and Grand in Santa Rosa, CA, has been in operation since the year 2000 in association with Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County. We have 24 garden plots for neighborhood families, in addition to the large Kids’ Garden.
A beneficial resource for surrounding low-income neighborhoods, the garden models a healthy lifestyle where all ages, abilities, and genders work the soil, plant seeds, weed, water, and harvest their bounty.
Our goals are to encourage community sustainability, collaboration and to improve nutrition by supplementing diets with freshly grown, organic produce. This very visible garden provides an alternative to kids being involved with gang violence and vandalism. Growing food locally has revealed to urban children the source of food, it has encouraged self-sufficiency and has reinforced the understanding of how precious and valuable our earth is.
The Kids’ Garden Program attracts and involves local neighborhood children, preschoolers from the nearby Head Start and teens from the continuation high school, Youth Connections. Our volunteer leaders coordinate the plantjng, maintaining, and harvesting of organic vegetables.
Harvest for the Hungry, a local non-profit that grows food for donation, has funded hiring a teen from Youth Connections to water and care for the garden over the summer.
Our project is to improve and expand the garden’s water delivery system. Expansion in past years of the garden area has caused an unreliable delivery of water to plots furthest from the source. Currently, these small pipes do not have a large enough diameter to provide an adequate amount of water. The gardeners are asking for this improvement - and they are willing to do all the work to install it. We have been given recycled drip lines that can be used after the pipes are enlarged.
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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