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What's for Dinner

Family Tree Relief Nursery is a nonprofit located in Albany, Oregon whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by offering free services to low income families with children under the age of six.
The focus of our “What’s for Dinner” Project is to improve the diet and nutritional intake for at-risk children ages 0 to 6, and their families who face issues including food insecurity, unemployment, addiction, and poverty.  Our year-round program includes on-site gardening, nutritional education, cooking instruction, meal planning, and enhanced parent/child interaction.  The clients we serve come to the school voluntarily and are committed to improving their parenting skills, including learning to feed their children nutritious meals that provide the necessary requirements for healthy growth and development.  The $500 grant we are requesting would go specifically to expanding and sustaining the raised beds and gardening program we began in August 2013. 
The goal of our project is to teach families that food can be grown in any environment, with little space and for very little money. Our project manager holds Master Gardener status and has also been selected as a NOAA Climate Steward for the upcoming year. She provides expertise and advice on growing fruits and vegetables in very small spaces utilizing recycled materials. The goal of the program is to expose both the children and their families to our on-site garden, as well as to provide the families with plantings that will thrive in their apartment complexes or mobile home park.

Where it's at:

1005 NW Springhill Dr
Albany, OR 97321
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

Garden size (in square feet):

96

Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and families

Number of people reached:

500

What this project needs:

funds
tools
soil
compost
mulch
greenhouse
coldframe
watering hose
irrigation system
compost bin
chicken coop

Project leaders:

Marie Jennings
Renee Smith

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
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606