Author: Kelsey, Eco Emi Team Writer
“Give a man a fish and he is hungry in an hour, teach him to fish and you have done him good…” Anne Ritchie
A few weeks ago, we shared a video on Eco Emi Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest about an organization named GRuB. Here is a bit more detail about this amazing organization and the on-going commitment to doing their part to help at-risk youth find meaning and community families eat greener and healthier.
For more than 15 years GRuB has provided a safe, empowering, nurturing environment to ensure that internally developed, agriculture-based programs can transfer the skills one needs to build a sustainable food system.
One of the most impressive agriculture-based programs offered by GRuB is Cultivating Youth Employment. Youth from various backgrounds are brought together to cultivate the two-acre urban farm located in Thurston County, Washington. The vegetables grown in this garden are sold in farmer’s markets, offered from a food bank, and given as provisions to the youth’s families. The youth are in charge of numerous tasks such as; building gardens for low income families and selling vegetables in their local market stand. The youth also manage a business called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), where community members pay for the youth to grow their vegetables for the season. GRuB’s goal is to help at-risk youth develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills, which, in turn, improves self-esteem and confidence.
Kitchen Garden Project, another program offered by GRuB, is dedicated to providing free backyard and community gardens for low-income families. These gardens bring communities together, offer food solutions and help the participants develop the knowledge and resources needed to grow fresh and healthy vegetables. There is no better place to get groceries than your own backyard!
To date, GRuB has built 2,500 free gardens for families and communities. With the mark of their 20th anniversary, GRuB is kicking off their 20 for 20 Campaign, the funds raised will be used to build community and backyard gardens for the next twenty years!
Eco Emi salutes GRuB for their efforts to pass on eco-friendly information about nutrition and greener eating and we honor the by-products of increased skills and self esteem!
Click here to learn more about their various programs.
Image Source: GRuB