Second Harvest North Florida is partnering with local organizations for the Community Garden Initiative. We are proud to be working with the following partners on this project:
WHY START A COMMUNITY GARDEN INITIATIVE?
- Second Harvest North Florida will never solve the issue of hunger alone; it’s too complex. A community-based solution is required for this community-wide issue. Through the use of donated, vacant parcels in food insecure neighborhoods we are working to empower families to grow vegetables and fruit in quantities sufficient to supplement every meal. The Community Garden Initiative assists food insecure neighborhoods in the planning, development, cultivation and harvest of community food gardens, turning a vacant lot into a productive and sustainable neighborhood garden.
HOW DOES THE COMMUNITY GARDEN INITIATIVE WORK?
- Second Harvest is collaborating with community-based organizations to create sustainable community gardens. The premise of our work is to create a ‘template’ that addresses the barriers citizens come up against when they want to create one. An experienced community gardens project manager/mentor/educator will assist in the planning, introduction and development, managing resident volunteers, cultivating and harvesting produce yields. Primary to each project will be the training of neighborhood families who will actively participate in growing and maintaining their own sustainable garden that will produce healthy and nutritious food, year-round to supplement every meal. Residents will be provided with the lot, tools, seed, water and all other resources needed to start the community garden, in addition to receiving education and guidance along the way – to ensure that the garden is successfully installed, planted, and cared for.
- Second Harvest is working with established community gardens and small farms across north Florida, encouraging them to grow fruits and vegetables for food insecure families. Using Square Foot Gardening techniques it is possible for a 4'x4' garden bed to provide 16 heads of lettuce, 1 head of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, 4 bunches of beet greens and associated beets as well as 8 bunches of Swiss chard, 32 carrots, 32 radishes and 5 pounds of peas. If you know of a community garden that would be interested in this opportunity, please call us at: 904.365.4144 or email us at email@example.com.
WHAT TYPE OF FUNDING IS REQUIRED FOR THE COMMUNITY GARDEN INITIATIVE?
- Initial funding for the Community Garden Initiative is provided by grants and donations from private families. Community support will be required to sustain the program long-term and continue planting gardens in the most at-risk areas of our community. DONATE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN INITIATIVE
- 2013 Jacksonville Seed Swap and Community Garden Expo, Saturday, November 23rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Join us for the annual Seed Swap and Community Garden Expo. The Seed Swap is an important event for two main reasons. The first, being able to swap seeds is an inexpensive way to keep your garden growing and explore new varieties. The Seed Swap also plays a vital role in helping to keep the food supply in north Florida secure. Trading seeds that are organic, rare, or native to our area is critical to protecting the biodiversity of the seeds we use to grow our food; greater divserity means greater resiliency. However, we welcome you to bring any seeds to swap! Also, community gardens from all around north Florida are invited to participate in the event. Gardens will showcase their projects and the work they are doing, and might also have some garden goodies to sell.
The event will be held at Chets Creek Elementary School located at 13200 Chets Creek Boulevard.
Do you have questions about this or other events? For more information contact the Community Garden Initiative at Second Harvest North Florida. Call: 904.365.4144 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch will be available for purchase from the Gourmet Aviator.
Join the Community Garden Initiative!
- Volunteer with us at the gardens. We have on-going volunteer work days. Click here to learn more and sign up.
- Grow seedlings that we can transplant into the community gardens. We often have many seeds, and are happy to supply them to anyone or any group who is able to start seeds for the Program.
- We can set up a convenient time for you and your group to work in the garden. Email us at email@example.com or call 904-365-4144 for more information.
**For more information regarding community gardening in northeast Florida and to find a garden near you visit our sister website, Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens at www.fnfcg.org.**