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.
Nonquit Street Neighborhood Association and Land Trust, founded in 1992, bridges the gap between nature and culture in the community. It serves the higher spiritual needs of residents as a necessity, not a luxury, in the low-income community of Upham's Corner, Dorchester. With many volunteers, NSNALT has organized clean-ups of local properties, persuaded property owners to make specific improvements and enhancements, and transformed two desolate spaces at opposite ends of a 400-ft. cul-de-sac street into the Nonquit Street Green and the Garden Wildlife Habitat, connected by flowering trees and plants all along the way. The Green features a children’s sculpture donated by Nancy Schön, creator of “Make Way for Ducklings” in the Boston Public Garden. She philanthropically gave the neighborhood a “Magic Dragon,”— symbolizing the love that transcends differences in this ethnically diverse community. Property values have increased in the 20 years since NSNALT began its work, and it is widely considered a model program for other communities—showing how motivated residents can, with very little money, transform their environment in uplifting and inspiring ways. Funding for this project will be used for garden maintenance and building additional beds, equipment upgrades and replacement of a basketball hoop, and environmental awareness projects involving community composting and recycling.
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.