Steelman Park Community Garden
The Steelman Park Community Garden is located within Glenwood, an inner city neighborhood in Greensboro, NC. This project is the neighborhood’s first community garden and was founded in 2007 with the goal of restoring a sense of unity and wholesomeness to surrounding residents. Seven years later, and it’s almost impossible to garden at Steelman Park alone. The neighborhood kids are quick to spot community members working in the garden and rush over to help in any way that they can. This involvement has led to many weeding lessons, education about the various fruits and vegetables being grown, and almost always ends in the kids getting to take some fresh produce home to their families. In some instances, the produce is rinsed and eaten on the spot: a perfect picture of learning where your food comes from!
Overall, although the interest in the community for the garden is present, the participation of individuals and families still needs to grow. It is our goal to take the committment to community already present in the Glenwood neighborhood and apply it wholeheartedly to the work being done in the Steelman Park garden. General awareness for the work being done needs to spread, and our goals for making this happen include prioritizing garden maintenance and beautification and increasing participation by sponsoring and/or heading up garden activities and workshops. It is our belief that education will lead to involvement, involvement will grow into personal investment, and investment and commitment into sustainability, making the garden and community stronger for years to come.
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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