We grew more vegetable starts (about 17000) and reached more than 40 giving garden projects to support their programs; this included 4 food banks, faith-based giving gardens and kitchen programs for the low income and homeless, and 2 temporary housing areas for the homeless, as well as a transitional housing program for refugees and the homeless. We grew 2900 tomato starts.
What challenges did or does your project face?
1.Reaching a diverse group of neighborhoods.
2. Feedback on what starts would be appreciated; starting "hot weather" plants such as eggplant and spicy peppers.
3. Consistency: we've been asked to take on more as others have lost funding or leadership
How are you working to overcome them?
1. An early season "kick off" featuring free seeds (the "spring gather")
2. We plan to distribute a questionnaire and request feedback at the autumn harvest festival, sponsored by GROW NW.
3. Volunteer outreach in the neighborhoods
4. Rolling up our sleeves and doing the work.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
We increased our production by using hoop houses for hardening off starts.