Eastern Shore Food Lab

Community Garden Initiative

Humans eating a Western diet face the unique challenge of being both overweight and undernourished.

Not only do government-subsidized crops increase the affordability and convenience of nutrient-deficient, processed foods, but deteriorating soil health and increased agrochemical usage reduce the nutrition offered by fresh produce and whole foods. To address these issues, the Eastern Shore Food Lab intends to demonstrate how communities can provide economical, convenient options for nutritious food through the creation of a community garden and associated educational programs.

Long-term Goals

  • Offer summer camps for local children to work in the garden and bring home fresh food
  • Host workshops on preserving food to enhance nutrition and seasonal access
  • Encourage community members to try gardening at home, even just a few plants
  • Develop a straightforward guide made freely available and provide start-up supplies
  • Partner with the community kitchen based out of the Methodist Church to serve healthy food and provide nutritious take-home items
  • Host school field trips to the ESFL; bring ESFL programs to schools about the importance of eating whole, nutritious foods
  • Add a high tunnel greenhouse to increase year-round food production and access
  • Promote seed saving
  • Expand into the realm of aquaponics, aquaculture, and algae

First Steps

  • Identify a location for a community garden: easily accessible, sufficient room to grow
  • Obtain permission from the town to establish garden
  • Break ground on a small plot and construct a shed/produce stand
  • Begin outreach to local elementary and middle schools