Over the last three years we have worked with the great organization call Our Kitchen Table. We have been able to provide them with plant starts for some of their summer programs. OKT works primarily in the Baxter neighborhood as well as a few other SE neighborhoods like Garfield park and Southtown. They promote food justice, food security, social justice, and look to empower local neighborhoods in grand rapids to become healthier and protect their environment.
We have been growing around 3000 plant starts for them the past few years. Most of the plants are a mix of vegetables, but we do start some herbs for them as well. The vegetables are a mix of kale, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, and many others. The herbs we start are things like stevia, chives, basil, oregano, and sage.
Here are some pictures of the plants we are getting them this week:
They will be picking up these plants this week for their community garden and school garden projects. In another month they will be picking up another round that they will be distributing through their market and to individual families who signed up for their home garden program.
The program with families is a great gig, families in the program get several plants to grow at their own home. They are also paired with a garden coach to teach and encourage them through the growing season. They hope to empower families to be able to grow food for themselves. The food they grow and eat at their home will be healthy and it is a way for economic stability.
I’ve enjoyed working with OKT for the past couple years. It is fun to grow lots of plants at one time. I am also grateful that so many people will be getting healthy produce over the summer and can learn about how to grow their own food.