Target demographics: Low-income youth and families in Thurston & Mason Counties.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We work we 30+ youth each year in our employment program, 300-400 individuals through our garden-building program, and 500-700 students through our education program.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Build a free garden for a low-income family, harvest produce for our marketstand or CSA program, join our youth-led drop-in volunteer hours.
Geographic areas served: Thurston & Mason Counties
Programs: Our programs include:
Cultivating Youth -- GRuB has formed partnerships with local schools and youth agencies to employ high school students on our urban farm, engage middle school students in ongoing field trips and host one-time visits to the GRuB farm for pre K - 8 students. Our work with youth is meaningful, relationship-rich, and context-driven.
Kitchen Garden Project -- Each spring and summer, KGP staff & volunteers build dozens of raised-bed gardens for qualifying families at their homes. Garden recipients receive 3 raised beds, a trellis, fertile soil, seeds, starts, a gardening guide, and the opportunity to work with a garden mentor.
“If I had not gotten this job, I would have remained a person in the community who only watches great things happen instead of making them happen.”-Mallorie, 2010 Crewmember
We believe GRuB is poised to make a huge impact in our community. For us to do that, we must STRETCH as an organization, grow outside the boundaries of our bountiful farm, touch and involve other groups and organizations who are excited about working to create social change.