About this project
At Noyo Food Forest we promised our elders and our friends with disabilities to make growing healthy organic food a reality by giving them a Garden Within Reach.
This special accessible garden with raised beds at wheelchair and standing height will be located at our Learning Garden behind Fort Bragg High School.
We are grateful to our volunteers and students, who exemplify the best kind of community involvement. They seek reward only in knowledge, social contribution, pride of accomplishment, and fresh vegetables.
But we have become increasingly aware that there are safety and comfort issues that must be addressed in order to allow many of our most dedicated helpers to participate fully. Stooping, kneeling, and even walking on often slippery and uneven garden paths present difficulties and dangers.
We will serve groups from Parent & Friends Inc., an organization providing comprehensive services for people with developmental disabilities and Art Explorers, a creative arts program founded to serve artists with developmental and other disabilities.
We will provide our elders at the Redwood Coast Senior Center the opportunity to produce food for themselves, their families, our schools and our community.
And students in our Special Education programs will be able to have garden education.
Our Garden Within Reach will make a huge difference in the lives of our large special needs community, our elders, and their caregivers. And all your donations are tax deductible!
Help us keep our promise!
Risks and challenges
We have been lucky enough to secure the AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region Green 1 Team from April 1 through May 23, 2013. With your help for supplies and equipment, these seven amazing young people In Service to America, along with our community volunteers, will be able to install all the necessary elements in time for the summer growing season!
Our accomplishments so far:
* The south facing wall at the north end of the Garden Within Reach space was decorated by a community art project at our 6th Annual Earth Day Festival last year.
* The lumber and labor for the raised beds was donated by the Fort Bragg High School Woodworking Class and they are complete and ready.
Your tax deductible contributions will provide vital funding to cover:
* Expertise and supplies for a stable, underground, automated irrigation system for consistent watering
* Ground cloth and recycled road bed for a level surface for differently-abled persons to navigate safely
* A 160’ deer fence with a gate wide enough for emergency vehicles
* Wine barrels and trellises to make small garden beds at different heights
* Soil, seeds, fruit trees and organic vegetable starts
* A 4' by 8" WELCOME sign
* Transportation, equipment, and installation costs for the recycled road bed and the big sign
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