Knoxville Y Community Giving Garden
One-third of the kids in East Tennessee grow up in homes without enough food. So, the Y decided to act! Due to this need, the YMCA of East Tennessee created its Community Giving Garden. The garden provides fresh produce to those without access in the Knoxville area.
Most of all, the garden relies on generous volunteers. Because volunteers donate their time, skills, and supplies, the garden can continue the to provide fresh, quality produce to those in need.
If you want to get involved with this community project, contact Ellen. Find out how you can help at any of our 5 YMCA locations. Also, click here to find out about special events and Master Gardener classes at the Y.
In addition to growing healthy foods, the Y Community Giving Garden has a commitment to education. Features of the garden include:
- raised soil and permaculture beds
- multiple types of hydroponics systems
- recycled container planters
- native pollinator gardens
- drip irrigation to conserve water
- vermiculture and composting bins
The garden uses all of these features as an outdoor classroom.
As a result of this commitment to education, the Y Community Giving Garden partners with Beaumont Magnet Academy. Beaumont is a Community School, and the Y helps to teach garden lessons and maintain the school garden. The Y also provides a field trip to Primrose Elementary each summer. Furthermore, the Y presents garden programs to kids in the Bridge program, helps college students meet their community service hours, and works with summer camps like Our Place Art Organization.
Close collaborations with community partners make continuing to grow the gardens possible. Special thanks to these businesses for their time, donations, and support:
- Sow True Seed
- Innovative Garden Supply
- Cutting Edge Solutions
- Stanley’s Greenhouse
- Keyhole Farm