Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden
The Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden is requesting funds to facilitate the development of a on-site farmers market and community supported agriculture program in our area of high interest and high need. The organic vegetables and produce are seeing an increase in their popularity and can be the key sustainability portion of the social enterprise at the Veterans garden and a inroad to the decrease in obesity, blood pressure and cholesterol issues. Indirectly an additional goal is to connect through our produce with over 500 individuals in the local community. We are increasing domestic consumption and access to the Eastern region of North Carolina. One garden location is in a low income marginal “food desert” of Duffyfield and will allow VEBCOG to development of a community supported agriculture program and establish our farmers market program/community supported agriculture while improving the job readiness of homeless and disabled veterans. Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden is an organization which has impact on three counties, Craven, Jones and Carteret and is made up of a wide variety of organizations and individuals interested in community gardening including community and veteran-based organizations, community colleges, Cooperative Extension, gardeners, non-profits and many others. We have formed our garden with raised beds that are 4 ft. and 2 ft. in height. In addition we are establishing table beds and hugelkutur beds also know as “hill culture”. We need the farmers market equipment to operate from the garden site along with a booth at the local Farmers market.
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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