100 Seeds of Change [Update]

 

100 gardens in 100 homes – seems like a daunting task, but not when you have the helping hands of the Do Good Bus. Last Saturday, with only 20 volunteers, we were able to create seven gardens for homeowners in the Inglewood community and had a blast digging in the dirt! Together with Music for Relief and the Electronic Music Alliance, we were able to bring the Social Justice Learning Institute one step closer to their final goal – 100 residentially maintained gardens in the Queens Park community of Inglewood.

[You can see photos from the Music for Relief Ride here.]

HOW IT WORKS
Community members interested in having a garden on their property apply through SJLI, interview, and have their land evaluated before being approved for a SJLI community garden. When approved, residents must attend gardening and nutrition courses before breaking ground for their garden. Each family then gets a plot of land in which various seasonal produce and herbs are grown to provide healthy options for themselves and the Community Supported Agriculture.

ON THE ROAD TO 100
So far SJLI and the over 5000 volunteers (and counting) have worked together to create 30 home gardens, one community garden and one school garden. Almost 200 of those volunteers have been from the Do Good Bus! SJLI is bringing more than community-based agriculture to Inglewood. They are also working with local government to implement Inglewood’s first farmers market, as well as making steps to reduce their carbon footprint by having a solar powered community garden and using sustainable practices. These are all broad strides in changing Inglewood’s status of a “food desert” to a “food oasis“.

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We’ve had a blast planting, dancing, and making friends along the way…
32 gardens down, 68 gardens to go!

GET INVOLVED
Volunteer with SJLI and help them accomplish 100 Seeds of Change by National Nutrition month in March 2014!  Or stay up to date with Do Good Bus to find out when we’ll visit SJLI again.