Square Foot Garden to Benefit Central Virginia Food Bank
The goal of this project is to set aside a portion of our existing farm to use as a Food Bank Garden for the Central Virginia Food Bank. CVFB currently has a "Plant a Row for the Hungry" program. We want to dedicate more than a row and we also want to experiment with square foot gardening. We plan to carefully monitor the costs, how many plants we can grow in a square foot raised bed garden and how much each plant yields on average. We plan to publish these results online to give gardenerers with a limited amount of space an idea of how much fresh food they could get from just a square foot of space on the patio or in the backyard. We use only organic methods. We have our own sources of manure for fertilizer. We are experienced gardeners. We grow a good deal of our family's food every year. We have enough (repurposed) wood to build 64 of these square foot boxes and plenty of room for them around the farm. We mainly need funds for hardware and soil. Seeds will also be helpful.
This garden will benefit food insecure residents of Central Virginia. CVFB serves 14 localities, 31 counties and 5 cities. With their "Plant a Row for the Hungry" program they ask gardeners to add a row for the hungry and donate the harvest to "neighbors who may not have such healthy options". Cumberland County, where we live, is a designated "food dessert". The poor and disabled in the county have few healthy food options. As time goes by, we would like to expand our program to the point that we could not only grow, but also distribute food to our needy neighbors.
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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