It is the beginning of the season, but we are excited to have a new education staff member to deliver garden based education to youth. We successfully gave the garden a makeover. Also, for the first time, we have organized adult programming aimed at encouraging self sufficiency through gardening. Our seasonal Farm Stand will be visiting food desert locations this year to bring affordable fresh local food to the community much of it grown in the Bellevue Community Center Garden. Lastly, we have completed our irrigation and water conservation project that began last year and our Seed Money helped propel the completion.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Our biggest challenge is sustained funding.
How are you working to overcome them?
We are increasing days our farm stand is open which not only helps us generate operating funds but increases accessibility to fresh food. We are also continually seeking support from foundations, local businesses, and individuals. In addition, increased volunteerism is invaluable and continues to grow.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
Gaining support from other organizations and local businesses is essential in sustaining these garden projects. They are a potential for volunteerism, sponsorship, grants, fundraising partners, etc. Individual projects seldom succeed all on their own. Partnership add strength and credibility to your project.