The Issue: Watering 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, plus 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
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Community CROPS can cover the costs of watering 50 community garden plots for an entire season. Each additional donation will fund the purchase of seeds ($5 for 100 packets; $10 for 200), to plant produce, including cucumbers, corn, beans, radishes, lettuce, herbs, and okra.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
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.