Wisdom Gardens 2014
Wisdom Gardens was constructed in 2012-2013 by developing raised beds for 8 organic vegetable plots, two Three Sisters Gardens and a 20’ x 20’ group garden plot for low income Native American families in Portland, OR.
Wisdom Gardens 2014 will:
1) Provide training for 12 low-income Native families and elders in organic vegetable seed germination, planning and planting of gardens, Three Sisters Garden development, harvesting and food preservation.
2) Provide 12 garden plots for gardeners to grow vegetables for their family and share with other low income community members.
3) Germinate organic vegetable seeds using 16 trays of 96 starts to 12 families and 4 Native American non-profits that provide plots to low-income families.
4) Provide microenterprise opportunities for Native gardeners to market organic vegetable starts and produce at farmers markets with support from volunteers.
5) Host service learning activities for an estimated 40 volunteers working 900-1,000 hours. An AmeriCorps team of 8 will help complete garden construction by adding grape and kiwi trellises, fruit espaliers, and hoops over raised beds (640 hours). Other volunteers include a garden intern and groups of college students providing service learning to maintain the garden during growing season (300 hours).
6) Provide additional educational activities, including a spring open house and a fall harvest celebration with public tours of our vegetable, fruit, berry, and ethnobotanical garden; three-day training in Diabetes Prevention Through Traditional and Edible Plants for 40 Native community members taught by Northwest Indian College faculty with invitation extended to educational and sustainability leaders, tribes and urban Indian communities in Oregon; and produce an educational booklet on the garden with information on Native food plants.
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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