Just Garden: BUILDING A JUST FOOD SYSTEM AND A CULTURE OF GARDENING FOR ALL PEOPLE.
Back at it JG was “mothballed” for a couple of years. We are back after a few year hiatus to help people in need. Due to COVID-19 there are now more unemployed people and food insecurity is near and all time high .
JUST GARDEN WORKS WITH LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AS WELL AS COMMUNITY GROUPS AND RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS TO BUILD GARDENS AND GARDENERS -WE LISTEN TO THEIR DESIRES AND HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GARDEN GOALS. WE BUILD GARDENS IN COMMUNITY. our requirement is that (A) you need help and (B) you do what you can to help with the build. this intake form.
COMMUNITY SUPPORTED: people of all walks of life contribute what they can whether it is time, mentorship, plants, or currency. Please consider sharing what you can to help a family/community grow their own food.
a large and growing list of people who want gardens
This is the easy part. We already had a backlog before taking time off. The wealth gap, and thus gap in equitable food system gap has increased as well, especially in 2020 with COVID-19 decimating the economy
We meeting with the gardener to craft their gardening goals and co-create a work plan
This involves a JG crew member listening to them, and also educating the new gardener on the general seasonality and things to expect. We create a simple garden design, fund raising plan where each gardener raises at least $150 (10%) toward their garden through a simple ask from the networks. They also ask for help with the labor part.
Coordination of materials + Build Party
We work with partners to get free or subsidized material when we can. We then buy whatever we need to get the build done. We find the balance between “the more the merrier” and “too many cooks in the kitchen. We get it done and have fun
Planting, Education, and follow up.
It usually takes a day or two for the soil to settle. A staff member and/or volunteer then works with the gardener to transplant and seed. The Gardner has a mentor, often a previous garden recipient, to help them through the season. We make workshops in-person and online available
Through a partnership with the Cascadia Edible Plant Nursery Cooperative, we distribute plant starts and seeds at a sliding scale to gardeners for two seasons. If you grow plants as a hobby, and want to donate them TO NEW GARDENERS, contact us!
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