Rooted | April 23, 2020
By: Erin Anderson, Executive Director | 04/23/2020
Everyone should have access to fresh produce, but right now food security is at an all-time low.
Our shelters, food pantries, and feeding services are seeing an unprecedented increase in community need from already vulnerable populations. Our friends and neighbors are finding themselves out of work and income and using these services for the first time. We are committed to finding and contributing to the solutions for our community’s needs during this time of struggle and uncertainty.
The simplest and most direct connection to nature is… our food! And at the Garden, we know a thing or two about it. From tiny backyard gardens to fundamental Idahoan agriculture, the themes represented in our space are designed to connect our community to grow food. Since we started a vegetable garden in 1998, we’ve provided food-based education and support to our community, ensuring those in need in the Treasure Valley and beyond have access to delicious fresh veggies and the knowledge to grow their own gardens.
Last year we grew and donated over a TON (that’s the same weight as 110.6 million feathers, a 1979 Volkswagen Beetle, or a walrus) of fresh produce to City Light Home for Women and Children in Boise. City Light opens their doors to all women and their families who may be experiencing homelessness, escaping a domestic violence situation, recovering from addiction, or struggling with other problems. They are a great asset–assisting our community and supporting vulnerable women and children.
You may have heard of this little thing that happens every spring called Idaho Gives. Idaho Gives is a statewide, online giving event launching today, April 23rd through May 7th. This year, with your support through the online fundraising platform, we can grow our veggie garden bigger and better with a bountiful harvest, all to be donated to City Light. We are serious about increasing food stability in our community and this is where we start!
You can support our Idaho Gives campaign by donating funds to the Garden that will benefit the operations and care of our veggie garden and some very special IBG Resilience Garden plants. Your $10 donation buys a kale plant, $25 buys a zucchini plant, $50 buys a tomato plant, $100 a potato plant, $200 buys a watermelon vine, and for the bargain price of $400, you’re supplying all the food we can grow in an entire garden bed! You see, when you donate to our Idaho Gives campaign, you are paying it forward and supporting City Light. To put a little cherry tomato on top, all funds will also help secure a sustainable future for IBG. Everyone wins!
Throughout the next two weeks, we will provide you with updates on our campaign, tips and tricks on how you can start your own resilience garden at home, education resources, and messages from our staff and volunteers sharing why they’re passionate about IBG! All of this communication will be on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to follow us there.
Oh, and if you are interested in getting in on some of the fun and starting your own Resilience Garden at home, check out Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s Feeding Ourselves, Building Resilience. They have some great resources to get you started too!
Let’s dig in and get growing!