JOIN OUR GROWING COMMUNITY
Thanks to all who participated in some way in our 5th Annual FRESH! Food Forum - attendees, teachers, vendors, volunteers, planners, Board Members, Committee members, Great Falls College personnel and especially the KIDS who attended the new Kids' FRESH! Food Forum! The most exciting noise is kids having fun while they are learning, and we were thrilled to have about 80 young voices having a great time learning about healthy food, exercise, and how to grow a garden.
If you didn't join us this year, please put it on the calendar AS SOON AS WE GET IT SCHEDULED for next year - you won't want to miss it!
Link here to our newest newsletter and share in the excitement we feel for the future...
The Westside Orchard Garden
The Westside Orchard Garden is the place we grow, model and employ a variety of gardening methods, teach classes for adults, mentor kids raising their own vegetables, experiment with new and innovative methods for growing,and host seminars for groups. We produce our own garden soil with bokashi composting and develop lasagna-composted gardening beds.
The Boys & Girls Club youth were in the Garden five days a week this summer (2014) - 60 kids each week working, gardening, harvesting, and eating their own produce - and loving all the fresh veggies! " Cherry tomatoes are my new favorite food!" - imagine that from a 2nd grader.
One way we're able to do all this is through community support. Sponsor a bench with our "Step Up! Campaign" . We're raising funds to expand the growing area and the growing time in the Westside Orchard Garden - providing even more food for the food insecure in our community, and more opportunities for kids to come and learn about good food! We have four Learning Center Benches and four Garden Orchard Benches remaining for sponsorship. Reserve yours now with a deposit of $50. All the benches are former steps from the original Carnegie Library in Great Falls.
What we do with all that food!
Most of the harvest from the Garden is delivered to the Head Start, Boys & Girls Club, and Meals on Wheels kitchens, supplying fresh produce for the 800 + meals prepared daily for food insecure kids, families, and elders. Our goal is to be able to supply fresh produce year-round for these kitchens - as well as work with other communities who are dedicated to food sustainability for their neighbors.
Spread the word and come play in the dirt with us. Bring the whole family.
Look for us in the
Zone 4 Fall 2014 Magazine -page 59: Bokashi Composting: Closing the Food Waste Loop by Liz Allen.
Want to learn more?
We have 3 excellent documentaries to loan out if you are interested in showing to your friends, families, neighbors, or organizations.
- FRESH - The underground documentary that became a massive grassroots success, FRESH is the embodiment of the good food movement. http://www.freshthemovie.com/
- Dirt! the movie - Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. http://www.thedirtmovie.org/
- A PLACE AT THE TABLE - "It specifically addresses our country’s hunger crisis. But it also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for one’s children – in short, the American dream.