Did you know that in 2012, an estimated 400,000 children in Washington state lived in food insecure households? Based on the most recent USDA report on food insecurity and hunger in America, this means that about 1 in 5 children in our state do not have adequate access to nourishing food. We all know the importance of good nutrition for children and their ability to learn and to lead healthy lives. So what can we do to address this problem?
The answer seems simple, sort of – improve access to nutritious food. Our Just Garden program sprang into life as a celebration of growing food to make good food more available to the people who need it most. To this end, we work with low-income families and communities to build garden beds and supply them with seeds and education. Our participants tell us that it’s empowering to have access to fresh, healthy food grown with their own hands. In five years we’ve helped over 2,000 people gain access to fresh produce from their own backyards or communities.
Just Garden started out as a party, and that party was the first Spring Into Bed garden building event. Be a part of this work and enjoy a fun day out with friends and family! Join us for this year’s Spring Into Bed on May 16 in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. We’re building 30 garden beds — all before lunch (on us!), but we can’t do it without you.