Gulfport Community Garden
Did you know the typical food item at a supermarket travels 1,500 miles to get there? It’s true. It’s also true that the trucks that deliver that food run on fossil fuels. This means that as the price of oil continues to rise, so will the price of supermarket foods. This is just one of the many reasons why it’s so important to have a dependable, local food supply.
Plus, when you buy locally grown food, 73% of the money you spend stays in the community (versus 43% when you shop at a non-locally owned business); and money that stays in the community can be used to create new jobs, increase worker wages, and generate new economic activity.
Inspired by these facts, community members have been hard at work designing a community garden that will set Gulfport, Florida on a path towards greater food security and self-reliance. The Garden will be a place for (all) people to come together and get educated and “re-skilled”, while having fun, growing food, creating a sense of belonging and trust, and increasing community resilience.
The goal of this crowdfunding campaign is to raise enough funds to begin transforming the space and putting our plan into action. *See the following links for specific details on:
If you feel compelled to support this project, you can do so in a number of ways:
*Make a general donation (May be applied to the first or subsequent stages of this project''s development, including our monthly water bill).
*Make a specific donation (Let us know if you'd like your donation to go towards a specific item from our wish list below.)
*Volunteer your time.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our vision for the Gulfport Community Garden. Join us on Facebook, and keep an eye out for regular updates in The Gabber.
*We added a nice thick layer of compost to our grow beds.
*Transplanted 50 + tomato, pepper, and eggplant starts (generously donated by Carla's Garden and Homemade Goodies) into the new square foot garden beds.
*The beds were also direct seeded with kale, turnips, and basil.
*One of the garden's two Moringa Trees was "chopped and dropped"--it's leaves scattered throughout the Permaculture Food Forest. (The leaves are packed full of nutrients, so not only will they serve as a weed suppressing mulch, but they'll also feed the Food Forest as they break down.) --When planted in soil, the woody cuttings from the Moringa will sprout roots and produce new trees.
*Seeds of Ethiopian Kale, cilantro, lettuce, arugula, basil, and a basic salad mix were broadcast throughout the Food Forest.
*Rogue vines were removed from the fence, and our rosemary shrubs and Cuban Oregano got a nice trim. (Their cuttings will be used to propagate new plants.)
*A new member prepped our raised bed--which has officially been designated for the growing of herbs.
*It was announced that the garden will soon be receiving a new fruit tree (donated in memory of a member's mother); possibly a dwarf mulberry
*Talks are underway about a second annual rummage sale, to raise funds for the garden's monthly water bill. (Last year's rummage sale was a great success)
The garden is looking fantastic, and the weather this time of year is perfect for outdoor gardening! So come join in the fun! And stay tuned for the time and date of our rummage sale. --Also check The Gabber for our upcoming article by reporter Helen Simon who stopped by the meeting to check on our progress.