The Issue: Food Security and Access to Nutritious Food
Minneapolis' Local Food Resource Hubs network strives to help its members grow their own produce and ensure greater food security and access. Yet in the past year, 45 percent of its members reported that they had to skip meals due to lack of money for food. Community gardens help members grow food at a low cost, but necessary equipment can add expenses that make these projects unfeasible.
The Campaign: Create a Gardening-Tool Lending Library
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Gardening Matters can assist the Local Food Resource Hubs project in creating a tool lending library for community gardeners. Shovels, spades, hoes, rakes, cultivators, trowels, pruners, a wheelbarrow, pitchforks, a weed wrench, and a broad fork will help cultivate gardens and increase food security. By sharing the tools, which would be an expensive investment and only used several times a year, gardeners in underserved communities can grow food for low costs. Each additional $10 donation will go toward the purchase of more tools for the tool lending library.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
Gardening Matters supports local gardeners and advocates for their needs, working toward the creation of successful, sustainable, low-cost gardens across the Twin Cities. By sharing information, providing access to education, and connecting gardeners to each other, Gardening Matters aims to increase food production at a community level and influence positive behavior changes.
Gardening Matters works closely with the Local Food Resource Hubs project. Through this network of local residents, neighborhood organizations, local businesses, and the city office, gardeners can receive seeds, seedlings, and low-cost workshops. Also, the network acts as a support group from which gardening newcomers can draw tips on growing and cooking and on composting their own produce.
Last year, local food hubs distributed more than 13,000 seed packets and 15,000 seedlings to gardeners. With the addition of a tool lending library, Gardening Matters hopes to continue improving food security and access to fresh produce.