February 21, 2013
Green Wish Kansas currently supports, both with donations and participation, the Sustainability Action Community Gardens, which were created by the Sustainability Action Network. Over several years, they have endeavored to create community gardens in the Lawrence and a tri-county area. An objective of Sustainability Action is to help educate people about how to grow their own food, and thus become more self-reliant. Their goal is to create community gardens with the hope that people get the bug and get involved in their neighborhoods, with a mission to build up the community as they take part in the community garden.
In November 2012, SAN broke ground for their second permaculture garden in Lawrence on a lot leased from the city. Green Wish board members were there to help with shovels in hand.
By the end of 2012, the garden beds were completed and the lot is well on its way to producing food. We’ve seen the impact of the gardens first-hand, with neighbors helping neighbors haul rock, dirt, and tools. The gardens create a sense of ownership and pride with the entire community, raising awareness of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Extra food is donated to the local homeless shelter to take care of our own, and to schools in the area to further educate students on locally grown produce and healthy eating habits. Follow this blog to see the progress of the garden for 2013!