The JVS Global Gardens project promotes self-sufficiency and economic sustainability, enhances community engagement and expands food access to the wider community by developing community gardens.
Last year alone, Global Gardens growers harvested more than 6,000 pounds of produce that were either used in their communities or provided a source of income for the family.
The Global Gardens Project
We engage with individuals who want to grow food and empower them to do so by providing gardening space, tools, access to culturally appropriate plants and education. Many refugees come from agricultural backgrounds, and when they find themselves living in apartments in the urban core, they long for land to grow vegetables that are familiar to them. Global Gardens builds on these capacities and provides an opportunity to connect and become members of the wider community in Kansas City. JVS provides:
- Access: Finding suitable lots in refugees’ neighborhoods, transforming them to gardens, and connecting refugees with a garden plot.
- Education: Providing educational workshops to train refugees about growing in the U.S., including differences in climate, soil and water; organic growing methods; and nutrition.
- Employment and inclusion opportunities: Gardeners have access to sell at the Northeast Farmers Market; they can also tour other Community Garden spaces to assist as they transition out of the program.
Global Gardens Project Goals
- Increase access to – and consumption of – healthy food
- Improve physical health indicators
- Improve mental health indicators
- Increase social integration of refugees