HEALTHY KIDS & COMMUNITIES • We reduce hunger by increasing access to fresh garden produce through urban gardens, school gardens, & community gardens • We teach people to grow, cook, and preserve their own garden bounty • We have started 160+ gardens in Nebraska, Kansas, and Southwest Iowa • In 2018, we are working with 50 different organizations, schools, & childcare centers that serve lower-income youth • This summer, we will reach 950+ children each week through our classes
We are working to create a stronger local food infrastructure by increasing access to garden space, healthy soil, composting systems, and all the tools & resources that are needed to grow food. This year, we are also learning more about climate change now and how it affects food security. We are learning & adjusting our models to incorporate more regenerative agriculture practices. Examples: planting fruit trees, plating pollinator strips, and incorporating more perennials into the vegetable garden. In these ways, we are trying to build a more sustainable & resilient community by creating a more localized food system.
This May, we hope you will show your support by making a donation to The Big Garden during Omaha Gives. When you give to The Big Garden, you are supporting programs that ensure our neighbors have skills to grow and eat healthy produce. Your donation will help our community have access to seeds & seedlings, community gardens, children's classes, and free workshops. Because learning to grow healthy food is not a privilege but a right that everyone should enjoy.
• We offer year-round gardening & cooking education in a number of area
schools & childcare centers
• We offer partial-year programming at roughly 40 sites including Girls Inc, Nelson
Mandela Elementary, Butler Gast YMCA, South O YMCA, Completely Kids, and
inCOMMON Community Development
• We built gardens at two of Omaha's largest food pantries, supplying the pantries
with fresh garden produce
• Our summer internship employs 8-10 young adult interns who work with under-
served populations, teaching nutrition, gardening, and food preservation
• We reached more than 900 children each week through our summer Grow-Your
Own program in 2017
URBAN AGRICULTURE HUB
In 2016 we acquired our first-ever property, located in Northeast Omaha, complete with 2 greenhouses, a large work-shed, office space, and a public education building. The land is large with room for chickens, a demonstration garden, outdoor events, a permaculture garden, picnic tables, and on-site classes. We are currently working to renovate and cultivate the property as an urban agriculture destination in Omaha where people can gain the skills to grow, cook, and preserve their own food. We couldn't be more excited about the possibilities!
Go to http://biggarden.org/news-events/#/campus-renovation-timeline/ to see our renovation timeline!
We love The Big Garden for so many reasons! Community gardens nurture the earth with sustainable garden practices, they provide locally sourced food which is healthy and doesn't take fossil fuels for transporting across the country, gardens are located where need is greatest AND neighbors meet neighbors working for the common good. Omaha is lucky to have dozens of community gardens around the city through The Big Garden! -Rev. Carol Windrum
At The Big Garden, we work to reduce hunger and make communities healthier and more beautiful places to live. We are grateful to our supporters who help make this possible. In 2015 we are excited about the opportunity to expand our work as we strive to realize our vision of a community where no one goes hungry. We are ready to get our hands dirty growing food, doing justice and fighting hunger. Won't you join us? -Nathan Morgan, Executive Director