Kitchen Gardeners International

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Thanks to all who donated to KGI yesterday on GivingTuesday. It all adds up. We’ll be sending out our newsletter next week and I’d like to include a blog post on our members top 10 tips, tricks and hacks. I’d love to have your suggestions. I’m thinking of those little time/money/frustration-saving things you know now and wished you had known a few years ago. Pictures are appreciated! This picture, if you’re curious, is from an urban garden I visited in Berlin, Germany where they’re planting crops in bags and milk crates.

Thanks to all who donated to KGI yesterday on GivingTuesday. It all adds up. We’ll be sending out our newsletter next week and I’d like to include a blog post on our members top 10 tips, tricks and hacks. I’d love to have your suggestions. I’m thinking of those little time/money/frustration-saving things you know now and wished you had known a few years ago. Pictures are appreciated! This picture, if you’re curious, is from an urban garden I visited in Berlin, Germany where they’re planting crops in bags and milk crates.

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Happy #GivingTuesday everyone. I hope you will give something today to a cause near and dear to your heart. KGI is running a one-day campaign here if you have a little wiggle room in your 2013 giving budget: http://www.razoo.com/story/Kgi-Turns-10 
Below are 10 reasons you might want to support KGI this year. There’s also an 11th for giving today in that donations to KGI are being matched today so it’s a great way to double your donor dollar. Many, many thanks for all your likes, votes and support this year! -Roger
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10 Reasons for Supporting KGI 
1. You are us and we are you. KGI is a global nonprofit of kitchen gardeners, by kitchen gardeners and for kitchen gardeners…the only one of our kind.
2. We recognize food gardens for the amazing thing they are: an affordable, shovel-ready solution to many of society’s thorniest problems from an overheated planet to overinflated waistlines.
3. We’re frugal with our donors’ funds and 100% transparent. We’ve earned the Gold Seal from Guidestar (their highest rating) for our commitment to financial transparency.
4. We offer a lot of impact bang for your donation buck. We’re reaching and teaching millions of people how to grow their own food through our online media channels. And when we say “millions” we mean it literally: our YouTube channel alone has had over 1 million video views.
5. We’re fighting the good fight. We fight for the right to garden when it’s threatened and have successfully defended this right in numerous high-profile cases (Quebec, Orlando, Memphis, etc.)
6. We’re planting high-visibility gardens. We played a leading role in planting one of the world’s best known and most inspirational kitchen gardens, the one at the White House, through our Eat the View campaign which was supported by over 100,000 people. 
7. Like you, we like a good party. We coordinate the world’s biggest and best kitchen garden party each year, World Kitchen Garden Day, the last Sunday of August. 
8. We helped plant 80 healthy gardens this year at schools, libraries, senior homes, prisons, tribal reservations, and homeless shelters through our Sow It Forward grants program.
9. With your support today, we can double that number next year and help 45,000 people to experience the benefits of healthy, garden-grown foods in 2014.
10. We just turned 10 years old! Surely, that’s worth a little birthday gift 

Happy #GivingTuesday everyone. I hope you will give something today to a cause near and dear to your heart. KGI is running a one-day campaign here if you have a little wiggle room in your 2013 giving budget: http://www.razoo.com/story/Kgi-Turns-10 

Below are 10 reasons you might want to support KGI this year. There’s also an 11th for giving today in that donations to KGI are being matched today so it’s a great way to double your donor dollar. Many, many thanks for all your likes, votes and support this year! -Roger

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10 Reasons for Supporting KGI 

1. You are us and we are you. KGI is a global nonprofit of kitchen gardeners, by kitchen gardeners and for kitchen gardeners…the only one of our kind.

2. We recognize food gardens for the amazing thing they are: an affordable, shovel-ready solution to many of society’s thorniest problems from an overheated planet to overinflated waistlines.

3. We’re frugal with our donors’ funds and 100% transparent. We’ve earned the Gold Seal from Guidestar (their highest rating) for our commitment to financial transparency.

4. We offer a lot of impact bang for your donation buck. We’re reaching and teaching millions of people how to grow their own food through our online media channels. And when we say “millions” we mean it literally: our YouTube channel alone has had over 1 million video views.

5. We’re fighting the good fight. We fight for the right to garden when it’s threatened and have successfully defended this right in numerous high-profile cases (Quebec, Orlando, Memphis, etc.)

6. We’re planting high-visibility gardens. We played a leading role in planting one of the world’s best known and most inspirational kitchen gardens, the one at the White House, through our Eat the View campaign which was supported by over 100,000 people. 

7. Like you, we like a good party. We coordinate the world’s biggest and best kitchen garden party each year, World Kitchen Garden Day, the last Sunday of August. 

8. We helped plant 80 healthy gardens this year at schools, libraries, senior homes, prisons, tribal reservations, and homeless shelters through our Sow It Forward grants program.

9. With your support today, we can double that number next year and help 45,000 people to experience the benefits of healthy, garden-grown foods in 2014.

10. We just turned 10 years old! Surely, that’s worth a little birthday gift 

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Our Sow It Forward garden grants program is now accepting applications here: http://SowItForward.org . Whether you’re interested in planting a school garden, community garden, food bank garden, library garden, homeless shelter garden or some other type of healthy food garden in another creative place, our program might be able to help with seeds, supplies, cash and planning materials thanks to some awesome sponsors. We welcome applications from all corners of the country and planet. Only applications submitted through our website will be considered. Let me know if you have any questions or problems applying (roger@kgi.org) and I’ll be glad to help!

Our Sow It Forward garden grants program is now accepting applications here: http://SowItForward.org . Whether you’re interested in planting a school garden, community garden, food bank garden, library garden, homeless shelter garden or some other type of healthy food garden in another creative place, our program might be able to help with seeds, supplies, cash and planning materials thanks to some awesome sponsors. We welcome applications from all corners of the country and planet. Only applications submitted through our website will be considered. Let me know if you have any questions or problems applying (roger@kgi.org) and I’ll be glad to help!

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Do you like the idea of food gardens at libraries? So do we and we’re asking you to help us plant more of them in 2014 by voting for our Sow It Forward contest entry here:http://tcfcu.meltwaterrise.com/entry/604557We’re going for a big day today with 70 votes which would move us from 3rd place into second. For those of you who’ve voted before, it’s even easier to vote again (2 clicks instead of 3). We may be the smallest nonprofit in the top 3, but what we lack in size we can make up for in spirit!About this photo: Pictured here are three healthy, happy little girls “checking out” some melons from the Berlin Branch Library Demonstration Garden in Ocean City, Maryland, a KGI Sow It Forward grantee last year. The project is managed by Master Gardeners, who, working with volunteers, till, plan, plant and tend the garden. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate chemical-free, sustainable gardening to the public and to provide needed fresh food to a local shelter and a local church for their food assistance programs. Hundreds of people benefit from the food—either through meals served at the shelter and church or receiving the produce directly as assistance. Over 1,500 pounds of produce from the garden have been donated since 2010. How awesome is that!

Do you like the idea of food gardens at libraries? So do we and we’re asking you to help us plant more of them in 2014 by voting for our Sow It Forward contest entry here:http://tcfcu.meltwaterrise.com/entry/604557

We’re going for a big day today with 70 votes which would move us from 3rd place into second. For those of you who’ve voted before, it’s even easier to vote again (2 clicks instead of 3). We may be the smallest nonprofit in the top 3, but what we lack in size we can make up for in spirit!

About this photo: Pictured here are three healthy, happy little girls “checking out” some melons from the Berlin Branch Library Demonstration Garden in Ocean City, Maryland, a KGI Sow It Forward grantee last year. 

The project is managed by Master Gardeners, who, working with volunteers, till, plan, plant and tend the garden. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate chemical-free, sustainable gardening to the public and to provide needed fresh food to a local shelter and a local church for their food assistance programs. Hundreds of people benefit from the food—either through meals served at the shelter and church or receiving the produce directly as assistance. Over 1,500 pounds of produce from the garden have been donated since 2010. 

How awesome is that!

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Who’s ready to volunteer today for the garden cause? All that’s required are 3 mouse-clicks to support our contest entry here: http://tcfcu.meltwaterrise.com/entry/604557 

The bigger, better-funded nonprofits in the contest (an animal welfare org and a substance abuse treatment foundation) have really surged over the past two days pushing our entry back into third place, but I know you gardeners are itching to help. Thanks for voting today and every day through October 31st.

If we win, we’ll use the $5000 grant to fund our Sow It Forward program which supports garden projects like the one featured in this photo. This particular garden happens to be in Concrete, Washington. It caught our eye last year and caught itself a grant for being an exemplary community/school collaboration. The garden occupies three previously unused municipal lots and is surrounded by a perimeter fence; it contains a gazebo and 22 raised beds available for rent on an annual basis. The vacant beds are used to grow produce for the Concrete Food Bank and for clients at the East County Resource Center. In addition, the garden contains a Children’s Garden section where youth under age 18 may garden for free, and a Memory Garden area where people may pause to remember loved ones lost.
Who’s ready to volunteer today for the garden cause? All that’s required are 3 mouse-clicks to support our contest entry here: http://tcfcu.meltwaterrise.com/entry/604557 
The bigger, better-funded nonprofits in the contest (an animal welfare org and a substance abuse treatment foundation) have really surged over the past two days pushing our entry back into third place, but I know you gardeners are itching to help. Thanks for voting today and every day through October 31st.
If we win, we’ll use the $5000 grant to fund our Sow It Forward program which supports garden projects like the one featured in this photo. This particular garden happens to be in Concrete, Washington. It caught our eye last year and caught itself a grant for being an exemplary community/school collaboration. The garden occupies three previously unused municipal lots and is surrounded by a perimeter fence; it contains a gazebo and 22 raised beds available for rent on an annual basis. The vacant beds are used to grow produce for the Concrete Food Bank and for clients at the East County Resource Center. In addition, the garden contains a Children’s Garden section where youth under age 18 may garden for free, and a Memory Garden area where people may pause to remember loved ones lost.

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KGI turns 10 next month and we’re already celebrating by recognizing the work of these 10 amazing women who have done and are doing so much for the food garden cause both in the US and abroad.

KGI turns 10 next month and we’re already celebrating by recognizing the work of these 10 amazing women who have done and are doing so much for the food garden cause both in the US and abroad.

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In memory of Marcella Hazan, 4/15/1924 – 9/29/2013From today’s New York Times: The impact Mrs. Hazan had on the way America cooks Italian food is impossible to overstate. Even people who have never heard of Marcella Hazan cook and shop differently because of her, and the six cookbooks she wrote, starting in 1973 with “The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating.”

In memory of Marcella Hazan, 4/15/1924 – 9/29/2013

From today’s New York Times: The impact Mrs. Hazan had on the way America cooks Italian food is impossible to overstate. Even people who have never heard of Marcella Hazan cook and shop differently because of her, and the six cookbooks she wrote, starting in 1973 with “The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating.”