It's time to get your free GRuB garden!
This year, GRuB is excited to offer our GRuB Garden Project (GGP) for our 30th year of garden-building! Over the past 29 years we’ve had the great honor of building more than 3,150 productive vegetable gardens; helping community members with limited incomes improve their quality of life and household food security. We often hear that GRuB gardens provide a sense of security, wellbeing, and community connection by producing healthy food, facilitating outdoor engagement, and introducing a connection to GRuB’s vast community network.
Each spring, GRuB partners with veterans, individuals, families, and organizations to build backyard vegetable gardens and provide the public with access to the knowledge and resources needed to grow fresh, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods. Through GGP, we hope to create home and community reliance, fresh food access, and mutual aid and generosity in our community. This is an opportunity for participants to set goals around their gardens and find support in meeting them. The majority of our gardeners from 2021 self-reported overall decreased food shortage, increased physical activity, and an increased involvement with their communities.
Gardeners received seeds, mentorship, veggie starts, a growing guide, access to a workshop series, and connections within the greater gardening community. To qualify for a free backyard garden, applicants must have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines at the time of application.
Want to see what you can grow in 2022? Applications are now open and available in English and Spanish. 35 gardens are available for 2022, applications are rolling and reviewed to ensure eligibility and garden recipients will be contacted once selected. Gardeners' applications will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what our 2021 gardeners are saying about their gardens and GRuB:
- “We are truly thankful for this experience.”
- “I am just so grateful for the whole experience and how so many people benefitted from this! You are great examples of community builders!”
- “I'm disabled but I explain where and how I got my garden to people. All those that know me know I don't know how to garden AT ALL so seeing what I've done and hearing about it hopefully will recruit.”
- “I thank you for the gardens. I share what I grow. I wish I had more gardens.”
- “My garden looks lovely! Almost everything is going into seed. I will miss summer. I hope to work with GRuB again next summer.”
- “This is a wonderful, tremendous experience! It helped me out a lot to get out and enjoy my yard and to be a witness to the fruits of my labor, literally!”
- “It was a nice experience for kids. Garden did really well all through the summer.”
- “This is my second year with GRUB - it's been another positive experience to work with GRUB staff and have such a successful garden because of their help.”