The mission and goal of the Garden Program is to provide fresh, nutritious produce to our agencies. We also educate about the benefits of growing produce and promote environmental awareness. The Garden Program provides workshops and resources for other organizations interested in starting their own gardens.
The Education Garden and Junior Master Gardener Program
The Education Garden at the food bank consists of 14 raised beds and 2 pallet gardens. We also have an Education Pavilion for classes and workshops. The Garden Program partners with Alabama 4-H to offer Junior Master Gardener (JMG) classes. The JMG course takes about 8 months to complete. At the end of the program, the students receive a JMG certificate.
The Organic Promise
We prioritize organic methods in the garden. We use compost and fish meal in place of synthetic fertilizers and integrated pest management instead of pesticides.
Occasionally, we offer workshops to the public. Workshop topics include urban gardening, canning, composting, growing citrus, etc. We partner with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to ensure workshop information is research-based.
Gardens in the Community
Our Community Garden Program also provides resources to community gardens within our service area. Feeding the Gulf Coast can provide help with the following:
– Volunteer Recruitment
Learn More About the Garden Program
For more information about our Community Garden Programs or if you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Cindy Bloom at (251) 653-1617 ext. 118.