Les Kniskern and Neighborhood Nutrition Centers (NNC) is looking for a few Lincoln Square families to grow some food in their backyards.
“We encourage people to grow in their back yards, and donate a portion of their crops (one square foot) to helping feed families that have economic barriers to fresh food,” Kniskern said in an email.
The not-for-profit organization encourages community gardeners to grow a square foot of a single food crop. The produce is then used for cooking demonstrations and tastings for lower-income families who are also provided with coupons for local farmers’ markets.
NNC is looking for people to grow tomatoes cucumbers, carrots, celery, garlic, onions, beans lettuces or squash, with a special emphasis on swiss chard, eggplant and radishes.
“One important aspect of growing at home is, of course, non-contaminated soil, said Kniskern. “NNC will provide a limited number of soil tests to participants who wish to donate food crops.”
“We have a community garden plot at the Lincoln Square Community Garden, and have a commitment for two additional garden beds at Waters Elementary School.”
Gardeners interested in participating in the program can contact Kniskern at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (773) 339-5915.