The Food Bank is partnering with local organizations for the Community Garden Initiative. We are grateful for the support of our partners:
WHY START A COMMUNITY GARDEN INITIATIVE?
- The Food bank 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?
- The Food Bank 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.
- The Food Bank 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT TYPE OF FUNDING IS REQUIRED FOR THE COMMUNITY GARDEN INITIATIVE?
- Initial funding for the Community Garden Initiative is provided by grants, private funding, and generous donations. Community support will help sustain the program long-term, allowing us to continue planting gardens in the most at-risk areas of our community. DONATE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN INITIATIVE
- The Food Bank is committed to starting community gardens that are environmentally and financially sustainable. To achieve this, each garden has an area wjere extra produce is grown. The extra is sold at the farmers' market, and pays for expenses such as the cost of water. One main objective of the program is to grow the gardens to a point that allows for hiring neighborhood residents to serve as Garden Assistants and oversee the market component.
Do you have questions about this or other events? For more information contact the Community Garden Initiative at the food bank. Call: 904.365.4144 or Email: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.**