The Kids Caring Foundation's Community Garden Project encourages and engages both novice and advanced volunteers of all ages to work together to build and maintain a community garden.
Provide fresh produce to the Pitman food pantry.
The Pitman Pantry is an ecumenical ministry of five local churches. Each congregation supports the Pantry financially, with food donations, and volunteer time. The Pantry is open 3 days a week, and serves approx 225 Pitman families in need each month. The Pantry is unique in that folks are welcome once a week. The fresh vegetables are a wonderful and valuable addition to the canned goods our folks usually receive.
In 2014 the Community Garden provided tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, peppers and peaches for almost five weeks from July to August.
In 2015 the Community Garden provided tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, eggplant, beans and peaches for almost nine weeks from June to August.
In 2016 we are hoping to add corn and potatoes to our harvest, and expand our delivers from May to September.
Provide a place for residents of the community to enjoy nature.
The Kids Caring Foundation is continually adding and expanding the community garden. We started with seven raised beds in 2014. Three more beds were added in 2015 and a corn field is being planned for 2016. In 2015 our Butterfly Garden was certified by the North American Butterfly Association. Walking paths will be added in 2016-2017 that will lead to the benches that were donated by several families.
Provide an opportunity for kids and adults to volunteer their time and learn about gardening.
Our Community Garden is maintained by over 50 volunteers and supporters. Volunteers of all ages begin working in the garden in March and work diligently through October.