BRINGING GARDENS DIRECT TO HOUSEHOLDS.
Our belief is that every household should have access to a food garden, if they choose. Sourcing of our food can start in our own backyard and works outward from there. If more people can grow food at their homes, then they are more likely to engage in community gardens and bigger conversations about food sourcing. Individuals feel empowered when they can take ownership of their food and their land. They lead happier and healthier lives when they are connected to their home and feel inspired to cook meals for their families and others. Neighbors Grow can help support existing local food programs by helping households implement thriving gardens and building stronger neighborhood communities.
We are grateful that Neighbors Grow was launched through the collaborative support of the community, starting with funding from Columbus SOUP and the ‘Green Spoon Army’. Additional support was contributed by generous donations from Ohio Mulch, discounted rain barrels through the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District, DIY compost bins from Roots Up, and partnership with the local Non-Profit A&L Afterschool Literacy+ Institute that taught an extensive urban farming course.
Volunteer Ohio State students helped to clean and build 400 square feet of organic raised-bed gardens over 4 backyards, as well as assist at the Mt. Vernon AME Church garden and the Bethany Bronzeville Community Garden. The church and these households, that include a total of 13 children, are in the King Lincoln District which is an underserved neighborhood located in a food desert, directly east of downtown Columbus.
Let us know if we can help with your home gardening!