HYP Family Sharing Garden at Lincoln School
The Garden is Growing!
The Healthy Youth Program is making great progress towards the completion of the garden design installation of this amazing new community resource for families from South Corvallis. The garden space, which was previously a grassy field, has now been tilled under with the guidance of OSU Crop and Soil Science Instructor James Cassidy and is now ready to be shaped. Construction projects to help design the garden’s structure, such as a three-bin compost system, are being built with the help of volunteers, during our many weekend work parties.
Equally important, Lincoln School families are gaining familiarity with this project through open garden hours this fall on Wednesdays after school and Saturday afternoons. Additionally, an Advocacy Circle of parents, community members, community groups, and other local area food and garden based organizations is being formed, with quarterly advising meetings scheduled for the 2013-2014 school year.
The goals of the HYP Lincoln Family Sharing Garden remain the same: to increase affordable access to fresh fruits and vegetables through gardening, and to help families learn about the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as how to sustainably grow and harvest them.
For Lincoln Students and the South Corvallis Community
Lincoln School is the social heart of the South Corvallis community, with an active family atmosphere both during the week and on the school's fields and playgrounds on weekends. The HYP Family Sharing Garden will be used by Lincoln School students during the school day, and be open to families after school and on weekends. Healthy Youth Program activities such as Fresh Grown Cooking for Families, and other family-based nutrition education classes will take place at this garden.
A Resource for South Corvallis
By location and design, the HYP Family Sharing Garden is a resource for the South Corvallis community (~5,400 residents), a low-income area in Benton County, with 38% of the population living at or below 185% of the poverty level (USDA Community Food Projects Grant Narrative).
In a survey of 75 South Corvallis residents, conducted by community member Rebecka Weinsteiger, it was found that “cost is by far the biggest hurdle to accessing fresh fruits and vegetables” (South Corvallis Community Food Center Feasibility Report). Providing space and support for people to grow their own food addresses this hurdle by increasing access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Food from the HYP Family Sharing Garden will go, free of charge, directly to community members involved in the garden as well as to Lincoln School. Any remaining produce will be delivered to the South Corvallis Food Bank, located less than a mile away.
This project is funded through a grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Grand Ronde, Oregon.
Other sponsors are: The Autzen Foundation, Portland, Oregon, and the Rotary After Five Club, Corvallis, Oregon.