THI Unity Garden
The work of creating community gardens will not only meet individual needs by providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables in a community affected by food scarcity, but also create opportunities for community members to create and sustain relationships. They will also develop community pride in their neighborhood and to become empowered to become indigenous leaders by encouraging them to take on teaching classes and managing responsibilities in the garden. This will reflect the social work values of service and the importance of human relationships.
Community gardens are an opportunity for people from a
variety of backgrounds to not only gain access to healthy
food, but also to grow food from their indigenous cultures.
Food and sharing meals have immense importance in a
variety of cultures; this project’s emphasis on growing,
cooking, and sharing foods from a variety of backgrounds
provides an opportunity for celebrating multicultural
The THI Unity Garden will serve children ages 3-17 through hands-on, place-based activities that reconnect children with the earth. The Garden activities will teach children about the source of the food they eat, organic gardening practices, and the importance of biodiversity. Children will learn and practice peace, respect, environmental stewardship, and friendship.
Gardening engages kids by providing a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. Gardens are living laboratories where lessons are drawn from real life experiences and fueled by a child’s innate curiosity and enthusiasm, resulting in an environment that encourages them to become active participants in the learning process.
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Unity Garden Updates
Feb 19th, 2019 – First Fundraiser made $1100 this included a $500 Nurturer sponsorship from U.S. Water Corporation.
March 15th, 2019 – $600 Seed to Sustenance Grant received from The Sustenany Foundation
April 5th, 2019 – Paid for Special 1 Use Permit application
May 9th, 2019 -- $355 Nurturer Sponsorship from GreenbergTraurig
July 10th-18th, 2019 – Maintenance of Garden – mowing and weed cleanup
August 13th, 2019 – Paid for Alternate Design Permit Application – to remove requirement of parking space by transportation division.
September 6th, 2019 – More routine maintenance of lot
October 19th, 2019 – 2nd Fundraiser made $1300. This took care of fundraising expenses, and lot grading, as well as business operations expenses
November 11th, 2019 -- $500 Nurturer Sponsorship from Bleu Sky’s Insurance Solutions
December 19th, 2019 – Paid for grading of the lot completed. Fencing ideas presented. Called for rebuild of wall masonry quotes.