When I first learned about a mysterious herd of goats on the loose in suburban Boise, Idaho performing lawn services, my first reaction was “how odd” while my second was “I wonder how much those goats charge!” An unusual combination of heavy rains, warm temps and high humidity has turned my own yard and gardens into a such a jungle that any help would be welcomed.
If that story of renegade gardening goats briefly ruled the airwaves last week, I think it’s because few of us have experienced goats firsthand in any significant way. Goats may not be as mythical as unicorns, but they are almost as mysterious to urban and suburban dwellers. My only encounter with them was back in the 90s when I was traveling in West Africa where goats seemed to be everywhere. While there, I learned that goats play an important role in providing milk, meat and money for families, especially those with very little land.
But, just as goats on their own can’t meet suburbia’s lawn care needs, they also cannot meet the developing world’s need for nutritious food. To achieve food security, we must give people and communities greater access to the resources they need to grow their own healthy fruits and vegetables.
This month, I’d like to invite you to travel vicariously with me to West Africa to learn about a community gardening effort in Nigeria that is doing just that. With the help of one of SeedMoney’s grants, the Obodo Ahiara Community Garden is teaching women, especially young mothers, to grow nutrient-dense crops such as greens, cassava and okra for their families.
The Obodo Ahiara project won one of our “merit grants” which we make available to garden projects in the US and abroad. We also offer “challenge grants” which groups can use to leverage donations from individuals within their community. Both types of grants can be accessed through the same online application which is open now. If you know someone who is looking for funding for a public food garden, please help us spread the word. The deadline isn’t until November 12th, but we’ve found that the most successful projects are those that get started in advance. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Until next month, keep growing!
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For Giving Tuesday please consider supporting our SeedMoney campaign to develop our new Community Garden & Food Forest at Wintergarden Presbyterian Church. Only 12 more days to reach our fundraising goal, we appreciate your caring and sharing!
"Our hope is to make the community garden a place that provides a peaceful atmosphere, delicious nutrient rich food, and an inclusive and abundant community garden for all.
The overarching goal is to empower people to learn how to provide food for their family and become less dependent on food pantries in our community.
We hope to reach this goal through the following objectives:
To provide teaching and training on how to grow a garden
To cultivate a community that works together to care for others
To teach people how to cook with the food grown with a chef/nutritionist
To build a team of people from the food bank, community, and congregations to work with one another to meet needs related to food insecurity
In a three-year revolving goal process, our dreams are as follows:
By December of 2021, we will have a fully implemented community garden with 25 beds (including ADA access pathway and 4 special needs raised beds) and a food forest for our community at large.
Please donate today to help this project win a SeedMoney grant. All donations are tax-deductible and go to the project even if the goal is not reached."