Green Corn Project Grows Community (podcast)

Sep 30th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured Articles
Renee Studebaker addressing volunteers at Green Corn Dig-in

Green Corn Project volunteers gather for a dig-in. Once groups are decided, a dig-in leader is assigned for each group, and then they head out with tools, compost, transplants and seeds.

A growing number of home cooks cultivate food gardens to know where their food comes from, to have the freshest produce for their recipes, and to maybe impress their friends and neighbors.

Yet, there are those in our communities where a productive home a vegetable garden may mean the difference between eating that day or going hungry.

That’s where the non-profit, Green Corn Project comes in. It is a 19-year-old all-volunteer organization that provides the materials and labor for organic food gardens to qualified applicants.

Organization president, Renee Studebaker, says one of Green Corn’s goals is to educate everyone in the community about food gardening, but adds: “In particular we’d like to help people in low income communities that might live in food deserts, places where they don’t have access to good, fresh vegetables at grocery stores.”

The Green Corn Project provides organic gardens to low-income individuals, the elderly and disabled, organizations that provide services to low income communities and Title I schools

Studebaker says Green Corn does all of this with an army of dedicated volunteers from the community — many of whom volunteer so they can learn how to garden. For about five weekends in spring and in fall, Green Corn offers on the ground garden installation training for these volunteers.

With the guidance of a dig in leader – volunteers cultivate organic garden plots, amend the soil, and plant seeds and plants for the recipient. They do this throughout the Austin area. Renee says the non-profit has installed hundreds of gardens over its 19 year history.

She adds that gardens change lives, and points to one Green Corn garden recipient, Dinah, as a shining example of that. Read about Dinah the community gardening dynamo.

Green Corn does not have an office, and only has one part-time employee, Program Coordinator David Huebel, who is the main coordinator of every dig-in, longtime volunteer and a former board member. Despite the low overhead, the organization requires funds to purchase the plants, soil amendments and other items necessary for creating food gardens for their recipients.

Green Corn receives funding from various corporate entities and from grants. However, their annual Fall Festival is where they not only earn a large portion of their yearly budget, it’s where they also introduce hundreds of people of the community to the good work they do.

The annual Green Corn Project Fall Festival is October 29, 2017 at Boggy Creek Farm from noon to 3:30 p.m. Find ticket information here. And check back next week for more festival details and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event.

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