It will soon be time to #GROWSTRONG for hundreds of families in Pine Ridge!
With warm weather on the way, it’s just a matter of a few days before the Slim Buttes Agricultural Project (SBAG) will plant seeds in its “hoop house” (similar to a greenhouse) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. By mid-May, there should be 12,000 tomato, peppers, broccoli and cabbage seedlings ready to be transplanted to community and family gardens!
So now through Earth Day, April 22, Running Strong is conducting the #GROWSTRONG Garden Match campaign – to provide seeds, supplies and even irrigation equipment that will be needed to support the over 200 gardens that will bear nutritious fruits and vegetables in a few short months.
Each gift received through Earth Day will be matched, up to $5,000.
On Pine Ridge, there are few food stores, and many simply cannot afford to eat a healthy diet. That’s why SBAG’s community gardening program is so vital to the residents there.
Each year SBAG provides support to over 200 family and community gardens - reaching between 1,200 and 1,800 individuals a year.
This year marks SBAG’s 33rd year of service on Pine Ridge, and as noted by Tom Kanatakenite Cook, SBAG founder and continuing director, “gardening connects folks to the primary life forces, full-spectrum nutrition, and the paths to outdoors activity and better health.”
#GROWSTRONG – healthy gardens for our native youth, so that they can Run Strong.