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Galt Community Garden

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Russell Fluty

on 6 April 2015

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Transcript of Galt Community Garden

How you can help
"We all need someone to lean on.'"
The Vision
Galt Community Garden
The Design
Our First Steps
Empowering Youth
Special Thanks
"We sit on the shoulders of those who stood before us."
"Children (our youth) are great imitators. So let's give them something great to imitate."
Gardening is a lost art among our young people today. To remedy this, why not create a garden that brings people together of all ages to share/learn about gardening? Even if your kid's not into gardening maybe they would like to help create a colorful tile mosaic or come hang with their peers at the neighborhood BBQ, everyone's invited!
Promoting Healthy Habits
“Let food be thy medicine & medicine be thy food.”
We all know childhood and adult obesity are a huge problem that can be helped by providing affordable healthy food stuffs throughout the community. Plus, working out in the garden can be a good workout and excellent excuse to spend time outside.
Creating Community
"Build it and they will come."
Building a community garden will be a symbol of hope and unity to bring together the Shady Oaks, Pheasant Run, and New Hope Terrace communities. Think of neighborhood BBQ's at the garden, gardening seminars with expert gardeners, the summer Galt Farmer's Markets, live music, and art... etc. the list goes on.
Galt Community Garden
(3rd and D Street)

- Create a safe place for the public
& community to garden for free!

- Empower the youth to volunteer & get involved in the community!

- Promote healthy eating habits &
physical fitness!
1st - Current Water System Design finished in Winter 2014 with two initial taps on the
East side
of the property - minor Design change instead of North side. (Thank you Chris Flores of Boy Scout Troup #238 and Galt Public Works Employee Bill Forest)

2nd - Fencing installed on all sides of the property including gates on East/West side in Spring 2015. (Thank you Barbara Payne and Benton Fence & Drilling).

Tell your friends
Attend an open community forum
Volunteer on a project
Donate Materials
Plant your own garden

"Whatever good things we build end up building us."
Barbara Payne, Brendan Moore, Jeanine Sinclair, Donna & Dave Settles, Debbie Sutter, Barbara Edge, Angel Valeszquez and to my family, students, and my community.
The People
"You are what you eat."
"It takes a village..."
Senior Community Support
Galt Place -
Golden Living Centers
Local Business Support
Velvet Grille
This and That Antique
Compadres Market
Ace Hardware
Spaan's Cookies
Galt Beauty Supply & Salon
City Support
Galt City Council
Galt Parks & Rec.
Galt Public Works
Galt Beautification Committee

Community Forums
Gained 20+ volunteers after three meetings.
Current Funding
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
The Housing Related Parks (HRP) Program
- Portion of grant money (approx. $10,000) used for community garden

The Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program
- Applied and submitted March 1st (awaiting results)
- $5,000 grant for tools/materials from Home Depot

$1500 pledged by Council Member Barbara Payne
Garden Design Inspiration
"All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today."
Eagle Garden
Galt Family Life Christian Garden
Community gardens increase a sense of community
while fostering the develpoment of a community
Community gardens build
community leaders
, increases eyes on the street, & is a great
crime prevention
Community gardens offer neighborhoods an access point to non-English speaking communities & allow people from diverse backgrounds to work side-by-side on common goals without speaking the same language.
Community gardens bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, culture, social class).
Community gardens offer unique opportunities to teach youth about: Where food comes from, Practical math skills, Issues of environmental sustainability, Job & life skills
Community gardening is a healthy, inexpensive activity for youth that can bring them closer to nature, and allow them to interact with each other in a socially meaningful and physically productive way.
• Many community gardeners, especially those from immigrant communities, take advantage of food production in community gardens to provide a significant source of food and/or income.
• Urban agriculture is 3-5 times more productive per acre than traditional large-scale farming!
• Community gardens donate thousands of pounds of fresh produce to food pantries and involve people in processes that provide food security and alleviate hunger.
• Studies have shown that community gardeners and their children eat healthier diets than do non-gardening families.
• Eating locally produced food reduces asthma rates, because children are able to consume manageable amounts of local pollen and develop immunities.
• Exposure to green space reduces stress and increases a sense of wellness and belonging.
Work to be Done

2.) Plan 1st weekend work day with Home Depot.
- Build multiple beds (number based on time/help/materials available).

3.) Plan 2nd weekend work day to install drip lines for all existing beds.

4.) Plan 3rd weekend work day: general planting, tree planting, or shed/pergola construction.

"Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture."
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