Wednesday, September 5, 2012

gardening 9 - 5

zinnias in the SNAP garden

oh, let me just mention now - this post doesn't include any gardening tricks i might have up my sleeve or any helpful information at all, really. & i'm so sorry about that! i'm just here today to share a little piece of my gardening story. 

we don't have a garden in our backyard yet. or our front yard. we don't even have salad greens growing in a pot on the porch. truthfully, for the longest time i really didn't know what to write here to explain my behavior & procrastination with our garden. we have big dreams - a beehive, ducks!, double digging (i'll share more soon!) - but ground has yet to be broken & seeds planted. i felt a bit discouraged with this season until i realized i am gardening... for work! for nearly two months, i have been working as an americorps vista for a nonprofit organization, NCAT. are you familiar? 

zinnias in the SNAP garden

part of my work includes maintaining two gardens. one of the gardens is a community SNAP garden where people receiving food stamps can plant their seeds or edible plants purchased with their SNAP benefits. we provide education & tools to promote future food! in addition to the SNAP garden, i am also working at the head start preschool garden. we are encouraging healthy eating & healthy habits by growing fresh food with kiddos. we're planting carrots on friday!

summer sunflowers in the SNAP garden
saving heirloom okra seeds in the SNAP garden

below are a few moments in the SNAP garden as i harvest from the summer bounty & prepare for fall:

i am so thankful to be part of building community through the act of growing food! the backyard can wait - we're growing food together. thanks for reading, friends.


  1. nat this is wonderful. we have an americorp vista working for our farm organization as well. we have a SNAP program called Farm Share for our CSA as well as at the farmers market and are working on many different projects to bring food and education into lower income areas. I might introduce our vista to you via email if your don't mind.

    1. amy, that would be really wonderful! i would love to share ideas & learn a bit about what you all are doing!

  2. Natalie, this is a wonderful project.
    Love what you are doing for your community, good luck!