This year we provided seeds, seedlings and gardening advice to 55 households, this is a 37.5% increase from last year. We rototilled 22 gardens and provided 2 seniors with raised beds --- raised enough so that a wheelchair can roll underneath it.
More people are hearing about us and more low-income individuals are requesting assistance with vegetable gardens so that they can plant, tend to, harvest and preserve their own garden to have food throughout the year.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Weather, follow-up phone calls, finding people on back roads (our volunteer rototiller leveled a long, rutted driveway on one trip), someone to grow seedling for us (our forever greenhouse volunteer has retired), and enough volunteers to work with our part-time Hunger Prevention Coordinator.
How are you working to overcome them?
Persistence, patience, volunteer recruitment and seeking out new growers. This year, we had the local elementary school grow our seedlings. Next year, we will need more.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
"If you don't ask, the answer will always be no."