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:
This is on the roof of the homeless shelter and needs some love! We would like to see some of the local area schools use it has a service project. The goal is to provide as much food for the shelter, or perhaps give them a way to generate a small income through the garden.
Pine Street has been gradually developing our organic roof top garden for all of us to learn about urban food production, various “green” and sustainable technologies and to have the experience of developing a refreshing and lovely urban green space to enjoy as it produces food for Our Community at Peachtree Pine.
With space on our roof for a minimum of 40 rectangular beds as well as additional vertical beds, the project currently includes twenty-three single raised beds and has already producedsmall crops of: lettuces, collards, kale, chard, carrots, radishes, squash, watermelon, zucchini, peppers, etc., with limited resources and infrastructure. The Task Force for the Homeless at Peachtree Pine has long been devoted to making sure opportunities are available to homeless people for training and employment in the technologies that produce, market and prepare clean food for themselves and others.
The potential for harvesting water on our roof for the urban garden as well as for providing water for the building’s plumbing needs is drawing the interest of individuals and groups developing sustainable technologies for other congregate facilities, not only locally but internationally as well.
Training and supervision of the project is provided by Car; Hartrampf and volunteers with urban gardening experience and training. Certifications that provide participants with demonstrable qualifications for employment to move into the greater community are a goal as well as developing a sustainable food producing green space and a comprehensive water catchment system.
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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.