The Issue: Water Expenses for Community Gardeners
The expense of planting and caring for garden plots can be a major challenge for low-income individuals seeking to grow their own food. Community CROPS provides scholarships to help cover the expenses of garden plots, plants, seeds, tools, and water, as well as gardening classes. Due to the large number of scholarships requested, the organization is seeking community support to help it continue to sponsor these gardeners.
The Campaign: Maintaining Community-Garden Plots
All donations to this Grassroots campaign up to $250 will be matched by an anonymous donor and used by Community CROPS to cover the costs of water for its community gardeners with low incomes. With $250, Community CROPS can cover the cost of water for 25 gardeners for one entire season. Once that amount is raised, each additional donation will be used to pay for water for another gardener or to purchase 200 seed packets.
All donations will be matched up to a $250 total by an anonymous donor.
The Community CROPS (Combining Resources, Opportunities, and People for Sustainability) gardens program strives to strengthen Lincoln communities by providing spaces for residents to grow nutritious, fresh produce, as well as beautify the city with community gardens. In 2012, the gardening program produced more than 25,000 pounds of food, with 648 plots and more than 800 gardeners. As a community-building effort, Community CROPS never turns away interested gardeners, and it will provide 300 of last year's gardeners with financial assistance for their plots.
CROPS volunteers and AmeriCorps members prep the gardens for the season, mulching garden 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.
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