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2014 Spring Garden Application Period Now Closed

Garden applications were accepted throughout January and applicants for household gardens will be contacted by February 7th.  Applicants for institutional gardens will be contacted the week of February 10th.

Stay tuned for information on our pilot Sliding-Scale Gardens program this year!

How Does The Kitchen Garden Project Work?

Each spring, GRuB’s Kitchen Garden Project (KGP) partners with individuals, families, and organizations to build backyard vegetable gardens. We work throughout Thurston and Mason Counties to provide the public with access to knowledge and resources needed to grow fresh, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods.  The KGP offers gardens, vegetable seeds, plant starts, cover crop mix, access to our extensive gardening workshop series, and encourages connections within the greater gardening community.

What Kind Of Garden Am I Eligible For?

To qualify for a free KGP garden, applicants must have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines at the time of application. To determine household eligibility, please review the chart below.

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Applications will be reviewed by a committee of volunteers to ensure eligibility and garden recipients will be selected through a lottery process. Selected applicants will be contacted by Friday, February 7th and invited to one of our mandatory orientation meetings to learn more about partnering with the KGP. Orientations are scheduled to begin in late February and gardens are built from March until June.

For interested individuals who don’t meet our criteria for a free KGP garden, GRuB will be launching a pilot sliding-scale garden program as well as continuing to offer Giving Gardens. For more information, give us a call or check out the website. Please note that these gardens are handled separately from our free gardens and will be subject to a different application and selection process not limited to our January 31st deadline.

Double Dug Or Raised Bed – What’s The Best Option?

A double dug bed allows a gardener to create a space that best fits their yard. By digging a beds into the existing landscape, we create a garden that is the size and shape you want. Double digging aerates the deeper layers of your garden’s soil. This allows your plants to grow bigger and more vigorously because they have room for their roots! It also improves drainage greatly, which is very important for healthy plants.  The KGP typically creates 100 square feet of garden using this method.

A raised bed garden is constructed from 2″ by 6″ untreated fir. Three 4′ by 8′ frames are filled with a nutrient-rich garden soil and compost mix. A trellis capable of supporting tomatoes, peas or beans is attached to one of the beds. Raised beds are excellent choices for people with mobility issues. The 4′ by 8′ frames can be stacked to raise the bed to a height that can be managed by those with limited mobility.  Raised beds typically last 6 to 8 seasons in the Northwest.

Kitchen Garden Project Staff help determine which option will be best for your backyard situation.

If you are interested in partnering with the Kitchen Garden Project to support neighborhood food solutions, here are some additional opportunities:

  • Learn how to build your own garden! Follow our events website to see when we will be building gardens in your neighborhood, and sign up to join us on the garden builds. No previous experience required. Generally, we will be building gardens as follows…March: Olympia and Tumwater. April: Lacey and South Thurston County. May:Mason County.
  • Stay in touch for the fall garden build season! Sign up for our e-newsletter here.
  • Buy low-cost vegetable starts from us in March and April.
  • Attend GRuB gardening and cooking workshops. We will be offering 1-2 workshops every month from March through November, often in multiple regions. Check them out on our calendar here!