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Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden

In 2012 just one homeless shelter in Craven County, RCS (Religious Community Services), reported serving 21 homeless veterans.
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Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden's (VEBCOG) mission is to provide transitional employment for these homeless and disadvantaged veterans. We also provide a location for the rehabilitation of disabled veterans using Horticultural Therapy. To that end we have developed as a social entrepreneurship, which has an innovative, value-creating activity using an organic garden that will grow produce that will then be sold at the local farmers market. The temporary employment we will provide when we launch in January of 2014, allows the veteran to work a flexible schedule while dealing with substance abuse issues, medical appointments, remedial education and job search. The organic vegetables and produce are the key self-sustainability portion of the social enterprise and have an equal role in the well-being and success of the veterans in the program. The garden format has received critical input from the NC Extension Agriculture office, NC AgriAbility and is organized to accommodate all the different types of vegetables and fruit being grown. VEBCOG will be able to assist veterans working through the mental stress they may be handling after serving their country and relearning life skills and workforce training that will contribute to the development of a productive veteran.  We encapsulate all of this in our motto, “We grow veterans one at a time!” We provide the veterans, focused on employment and entrepreneurship, with the targeted resources they need to succeed and grow: mentorship, advice and practical business training.

Where it's at:

901 Chapman St.
New Bern, NC 28560
United States

Garden type:

job training garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

veterans and homeless people

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What this project needs:

community garden creation guidance
volunteer labor
fruit bushes
fruit trees
watering hose
irrigation system
garden cart
compost bin

Project leaders:

Lovay Wallace-Singleton
Camilla Herlevich

About us:

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
(207) 956-0606