Our latest project, Rooftop Roots, represents a new source of fresh produce for our food bank customers, and an opportunity to empower low-income youth through hands-on gardening education.
Our new rooftop garden will grow nutritious fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey for thousands who seek food security and resources to build self-sufficiency.
Tended by experienced staff and volunteer gardeners, over 2,000 plants will rotate seasonally and produce over 10,000 pounds of produce annually.
Beginning in August 2016, we will open our roof to low-income youth from Jane Addams and Eckstein Middle Schools – 2 of the 10 schools that partner with us in Packs for Kids.
In our first pilot year, 50 young people will learn basic gardening skills, how to care for a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and how to prepare simple and healthy meals – including culturally diverse recipes – with their freshly grown ingredients. They will harvest produce and bring it home to cook with their families.
How You Can Help
We need $25,000 by mid-July to successfully launch our first rooftop growing season this summer. This includes the core items that make up our garden:
- Thousands of pounds of special low-density soil developed for rooftop gardens
- 4,000 milk crates – 2 crates support each plant
- Landscaping fabric to line the milk crates and contain the soil
- Gardening tools and equipment
Help us reach our goal of $25K by donating to and sharing our Generosity campaign.