It will soon be time to #GrowStrong for hundreds of families in Pine Ridge!
With warm weather on the way, it is time to get ready to plant spring gardens. In just a few days the Slim Buttes Agricultural Project (SBAG) will plant seeds in its “hoop house” (a type of 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 equipment that will be needed to support the over 200 gardens that will bear nutritious fruits and vegetables in a few short months.
And during this time, your support will go twice as far because a fellow Running Strong donor has offered to MATCH all donations up to $5,000 to help families grow gardens with the Slim Buttes Agricultural Program.
Why This Program Is So Important
A healthy diet is important for everyone but especially for our children. Kids need diets full of foods like dark-green vegetables, and many living on reservations have limited access to such produce.
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.
#GrowStrong – healthy gardens for our native youth, so that they can Run Strong.
Gardening connects folks to the primary life forces, full-spectrum nutrition, and the paths to outdoors activity and better health. - Tom Kanatakenite Cook, SBAG founder