The Adopt-A-Garden Program connects gardens in underserved areas with community partners to support gardens, build relationships in their neighborhood, and empower local growers and community members to change and improve their food system.

During our kick-off, four community gardens across the city were able to accomplish large-scale projects with additional volunteer support. The 2019 Adopt-A-Garden focuses on four gardens: Houston Academy, The Happy Place Garden, Bonham Elementary (all generously sponsored by Kroger) and Harry Holmes Community Garden (generously sponsored by Minute Maid).  

Each garden provides fresh produce for their communities, many of which are located in food deserts: communities that lack access to healthy food. As a city, Houston far exceeds the national average of these food deserts. While an average 7.4% of Americans live in food deserts, an astonishing 20% of Houstonians – more than two-and-a-half times more than the national average – live in these areas.

At the Adopt-A-Garden volunteer days, over 60 volunteers, corporate partners, and community garden members joined forces to spread compost, mulch pathways and beds, and clean garden beds. These projects provided 10 yards of compost to four gardens (covering and building soil health in over 2,925 ft.2 of garden beds); 10 yards of mulch; and a vast and innumerable amount of gardening support in the form of weeding and pruning. In upcoming volunteer days, participating gardens and partners will engage in a wide variety of projects, including mulching, building shade structures and picnic tables, and planting fruit trees.

Save the date to come out to a garden at our next Adopt-A-Garden volunteer day on September 14! To sign up to volunteer, click here.

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