KIPP Austin Comunidad 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:
"Defining words like “sustainability” may seem out of reach to Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students and yet it couldn’t be more necessary. At KIPP Austin Comunidad, we are empowering our students from an early age to take care of their environment and be responsible stewards for the earth. We believe that this responsibility begins in Kindergarten and is an intellectual habit that will support bright futures. The drought in Texas, while devastating to local vegetation and people in a variety of ways, is an educational opportunity. With your support we would like to create 4 more fully sustainable, drought resistant gardens with our students and families on the KIPP Austin Comunidad campus – near our playground and play field. We will bring together our families, staff, and students to create these gardens in important areas around campus; areas central to where students can play, learn, and explore. With a variety of native Texas plants, labeled much like a museum would be, and rain barrels to support the water supply our students will develop an understanding from an early age how to grow and nurture our environment. Also, by bringing together our community to create these gardens we are sending the message to our students from the beginning that by working together is an important part of shaping their futures. "
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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.