Now Accepting KGP Applications for Spring!
As the days grow lighter, we grow excited for another empowering season building gardens with our community! Spring KGP applications will be accepted throughout January and applicants for household gardens will be contacted by February 10th. In order to be considered for a spring garden, all applications must be received by 5pm Saturday January 31st.
If you live in Thurston County but don’t qualify for a free KGP garden, consider partnering with GRuB by purchasing a sliding-scale (fee is based on your household income) Food Investment Garden (F.I.G.)! It’s a double-win: invest in your health & enjoyment by growing your own food AND invest in GRuB’s mission. More information on 2015 F.I.G. options will be available in mid-February – stay tuned!
If you represent a school, non-profit, or tribe and you’re interested in partnering with GRuB to build gardens at your facility, please contact email@example.com to discuss your vision and possibilities for collaboration.
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.
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 February 10th 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.
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!