Helping America's Most Vulnerable

Fay Garman House receives Kitchen Gardeners International donation!

The gardens at Fay Garman House are a community treasure. They provide food and herbs for our residents and for neighbors who use our Community Room. There is a Health Center adjacent to Fay Garman House whose clients also enjoy the gardens.

Peaks Island is a lovely place, but accessing fresh vegetables and herbs can be challenging as shopping often involves a ferry ride to Portland.

The Fay Garman House apartments overlook the gardens and all summer long, residents are able to walk out their door to pick what they need for meals. Some residents are very invested in tending the gardens; they spend many hours every day making the gardens as productive and organized as possible.

Kitchen Gardeners International has made a generous donation to the garden project. They teamed up with Seedmoney.org, a nonprofit crowdfunding site, to get the word out and raise extra funds. And it worked! With donations from Volunteers of America Northern New England employees as well as friends and family, Kitchen Gardeners' donation flourished, just like the gardens they will fund.

These generous donations will fuel the residents' commitment to using their raised beds and other growing areas to their maximum potential. Fay Garman House residents will guide us in the purchasing of seeds, seedlings and other garden necessities for this remarkable garden resource.

We are all thrilled to receive this support from Kitchen Gardeners International and Seedmoney.org. Their commitment to philanthropy, and for being a valuable partner in our efforts to make affordable senior housing congenial and empowering for our residents, makes a profound difference in the lives of those we serve.

A little about Kitchen Gardeners International from their website: Kitchen Gardeners International is a 501c3 nonprofit community of 30,000 people from 100 countries who are growing some of their own food and helping others to do the same, both near and far. Our mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve greater levels of food self-reliance through the promotion of kitchen gardening, home-cooking, and sustainable local food systems. In doing so, KGI seeks to connect, serve, and expand the global community of people who grow some of their own food.