The Issue: Expenses for Community Gardeners
Planting and caring for a garden isn’t free. And for individuals from low-income backgrounds, the costs can be restrictive. The ongoing expenses require much water and effort among unpredictable weather, and many community gardeners rely on their plots as a main source of vegetables and nutrition.
The Campaign: Maintaining Community Gardens
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Community Crops to help gardeners from low-income backgrounds grow their own food. For every $10 raised, Community Crops can fund water or 200 packets of seeds for one person participating in its garden program. This program helps to support the 900 individuals who grow their own cucumbers, corn, beans, radishes, lettuce, herbs, and okra in one of Community Crops’s 250 plots.
The Community Crops garden program strives to strengthen Lincoln communities. To do this, it supports community gardens in which residents grow nutritious, fresh produce and beautify their city, providing the land, water, seeds, and tools for 250 plots at 11 sites. In 2014, the gardening program produced more than 27,915 pounds of food, with the participation of more than 900 gardeners. As a community-building effort, Community Crops never turns away interested gardeners, and it provides 70% of participants with financial assistance for their plots.
Crops volunteers and AmeriCorps members prep the gardens for the season, mulching paths with wood chips, adding composted manure to the plots, and taking inventory of tools and hoses at each garden. The staff also organizes organic growing and gardening classes for the community.