Friday, July 4, 2008

Backyard Garden Project

Drawing on the success of our community garden in 2009, in 2010 we are taking small-plot gardening into the backyards of families around our community, with hopes of increasing access to fresh and nutritious food— one seed at a time.

By using the square-foot gardening method made famous by Mel Bartholomew, small-plot gardening is a manageable and productive way to augment a family's food supply and introduce the concepts of growing food from seed. We have created a goal of 35 new backyard gardens around Wilmington and Clinton County.

All of the resources needed to build, plant and maintain the gardens will be provided by Grow Food, Grow Hope for a modest fee of $25 to off-set the cost of supplies. There are a limited number of sponsorships for this program. Volunteers and GFGH staff members will make weekly site visits to the homes of garden families to help weed and harvest, to answer any questions the families might have and to monitor the overall progress of the garden bed.

For more information about our 2011 Backyard Garden Project, contact the AmeriCorps* VISTA member below:

Kaity Best

Backyard Gardens and Nutritional Education
Wilmington College AmeriCorps* VISTA
Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative
(937) 382-6661 ext. 693

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