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ReImagine Food Systems 

Backyard Garden Program

 

ReImagine Food Systems’ garden program is a local initiative dedicated to increasing community access to healthy, fresh produce and pollinator-friendly places through regenerative gardens.  Providing materials, resources, and education we hope to eliminate barriers to home gardening and foster a connection between people, food, and the earth. A garden can bring freedom to a family that has been barred out of healthy choices due to the area in which they live. In a world where nothing comes free and it is profitable to control what people have access to, gardening becomes a revolutionary act. Our work incrementally brings radical change - one raised garden bed at a time!

 

What are the benefits of a backyard garden? 

  • Helps you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • The shorter the distance from harvest to table the healthier the food. 

  • You choose what fertilizers and pesticides to use in your garden.

  • You control when to harvest your food allowing you to pick them when they are ripe and full of nutrients.

  • Increase the number and diversity of insects in your backyard

 

ReImagine Food Systems focuses on promoting a more sustainable and viable future. This project addresses the need to support communities in providing healthy and equitable food systems. While people may want to enjoy the benefits of a garden there are often hurdles that keep them from that goal. Our program empowers households with the tools they need to grow their own food and sparks excitement and activity that can lead to more backyard gardens and sharing of produce.

What is RiFS? Description of ReImagine Food Systems Backyard Gardening Program
Photos from Our 1st Installation!
volunteers building garden bed
volunteers building garden bed

volunteers building garden bed

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volunteers planting garden
volunteers planting garden

RiFS volunteers planting backyard garden

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garden vegetable labels
garden vegetable labels

winter vegetable garden labels

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volunteers building garden bed
volunteers building garden bed

volunteers building garden bed

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Backyard Garden program provides:

 

  • Soil testing for toxins

  • One or two 3’x5’X12” raised garden beds for vegetable depending on space

  • Seeds or plants appropriate for the season

  • Guidance on maintaining a garden

  • A follow up appointment to answer questions and teach about weeding

  • A contact to answer questions during business hours


Our application for 2021 is closed, but we are always looking for volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering or joining our planning committee, please fill out this form. Please contact us at reimaginetcwac@gmail.com with any questions. In 2021, we are hoping to expand the program to include pollinator gardens for participants who are not eligible for vegetable gardens.

How we are doing it:

Our program works with participants for 2 years.  In the first year, we provide 3 site visits in a growing season.  During our first site visit, we will assess the outdoor area, collect soil samples, and go over details about how our program works, including what materials we provide, and sign a participant agreement.  Should the soil samples indicate good results for growing produce for eating, we will move onto the second step.  Our second site visit involves installation of the raised garden beds and soil and compost.  We encourage participants to be active in learning to plant seedlings and education topics.  The third visit occurs 2-4 weeks after installation to check-in on the area.  During this time, we provide information about weeding and pests and harvesting.

The second year, we provide 2 visits.  On the first visit, we provide seedlings and compost and provide education on amending soil.  The second visit occurs 2-4 weeks later when we review information about weeding, pests, and harvesting. 

After each garden is installed, Homegrown keeps in touch throughout the season, offering participants:

  • Regular check-ins and garden visits to answer question

  • Information on Organic and Integrated Pest management practices

  • Help getting started again the second year

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harvest of vegetables from backyard garden
health benefits of backyard gardens Sally Lipsky quote

Learn more about the Reimagine TCWAC effort by visiting the Reimagine TCWAC page on Facebook or emailing reimaginetcwac@gmail.com