WIC Wahiawa Community Garden
Positive Energetics Foundation (PEF) received a grant in 2013, which was used to establish their garden and provide the Wahiawa WIC clinic with organic produce every week. This project has provided over 1,000 low income families an opportunity to try healthy foods they did not have access to before. Different recipes are shared weekly and made available to WIC participants.
Taking it two steps further, PEF, with the help of WIC Staff and Permablitz Hawaii volunteers, constructed a community garden on August, 30th 2013 at the WIC clinic. Four 4 square foot garden beds and two 3 x 6 ft perennial beds were constructed. One month later, PEF hosted a free container gardening workshop for WIC clients, providing them with plants to take home and a kick start to spreading the seeds of growth to the next generation.
Although this has been a strong start, our vision is to sustain and expand the current WIC Wahiawa Community Garden and be able to support more families with organic fruits and produce. We plan to construct a small food forest spanning 20 ft x 20 ft, with a focus on 3 fruit trees, perennials, and herbs. We plan to host additional workshops on garden maintenance, harvesting, and garden nutrition. Also, we want to support the existing beds with additional organic amendments and seedlings throughout the season.
The project will benefit the large client base of WIC participants in Wahiawa, which averages 3,000 families per month. The benefits of this project extend beyond WIC clients receiving free weekly produce. Through workshops, WIC clients will learn how to care for their own gardens, harvest, and gain additional inspiration to eat healthy. Free cuttings and plants from the existing community garden will be made available to clients to take home and implement into their gardens.
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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