Charles Hay Community Garden is part of the 100 Urban Gardens Initiative, a partnership between PACT, Whole Kids Foundation & Indiegogo to build 100 urban gardens across 100 cities in the US.
Because gardens produce healthier food. Only 2% of American children eat enough fruits and vegetables, and 1 in 3 American children born after 2000 is at risk for Type II diabetes. A garden is an introduction to the real, healthy food students and families need access to.
Because gardens can help fix America's nature deficit. With more than 80% of Americans living in cities and suburbs, we need to work harder than ever to teach the values of natural processes.
Because gardens are a living laboratory for education. Not just healthy food—a lesson on what producing healthy food requires. Not just exposure to nature—a way for children to literally harvest the fruits of their labor.
A True Seed Investment
For as little as $10, you can help a community reap all the benefits a garden has to offer. In just 39 days, we plan to raise $2500 per garden; to feed, teach, and inspire people in each of these 100 communities. Here are a few things our garden plans to do with your donations:
The Charles Hay Community and School Garden was established in 2012 (in partnership with Denver Urban Gardens, Tri-County Health Department, the City of Englewood and Englewood Public Schools) as a hands-on tool to bring plant-based learning and nutrition education into classrooms, promote teamwork and strengthen our community. Community gardeners volunteer their time to tend to the school garden over the summer and give lessons to students during the school year. It provides many teaching opportunities including worm composting, the study of plant and seed parts, healthy classroom snacks and recipe tastings. In addition, nearly 300 pounds of produce was donated to local charities in 2012.
Funds raised during this campaign will be used to complete the outdoor classroom areas of our garden. This includes building a mosaic compass in the center of the garden where students, teachers and community members can meet and learn. We also need two more picnic tables. Any additional funds will be used for ongoing classroom garden projects, teacher training and establishing a garden resource library in the school.
Every donation above $20 will have your name added to our "garden supporter" garden shed mural.
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Look Good, Do Good
With every contribution to our garden, donors will receive organic, ethical perks from PACT. Our socks, undies, and t-shirts are produced to high standards of sustainability, with the comfiest organic materials we can find. You'll be giving out of the goodness of your heart, and in return you'll get PACT goodies. It's a win-win situation.