Mission & Goals
I. Mission: Growing, giving and teaching for a healthier, greener, sustainable community.
II. Vision: We will continue to broaden our mission of growing healthful produce for the under-served of our community by furthering our outreach of promoting community gardens, expanding our sponsored flower basket program for downtown corridor beautification, and sharing growing expertise for a vibrant Carson City. The Greenhouse Project will continue to foster cross generational volunteerism and involvement by encouraging collaboration with other civic minded community entities. As our vision expands, jobs will be created to manage additional operations. Funding The Greenhouse Project will be accomplished by procuring permanent, on-going capital resources including grants, donors and sponsors which will carry our vision into the future in a mutually beneficial and socially responsible capacity for the community.
III. Population served: We currently provide year-round fresh produce to 7 community organizations who serve the food-insecure of our community. We also contribute to the curriculum of the Carson High School agricultural students through on-site education and supply the CHS culinary arts department with produce. All students learn about sustainable practices by helping with planting and nurturing Greenhouse crops and hanging flower baskets for the downtown corridor beautification.
IV. Organization history: In 2009 a dream was realized by long-time civic leader, community advocate and successful restauranteur, Karen Abowd, and local attorney, Janette Bloom after becoming aware of severe food shortages among the under-served segment of Carson City. They began plans for a community greenhouse to serve this population and provide healthful produce.
V. Major accomplishments: 2009:-Began summer benefit concert and auctions resulting in thousands of dollars in cash donations and multiple pledges for matching funds. -Secured letter of intent from the Carson City School Board for the lease of one-acre on the Carson High School campus (Green Central). 2010: -Established nonprofit Nevada corporation and nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. -Constructed 70 raised garden beds, a hoop house, lath house and small orchard to establish gardens and trails to complement the on-site greenhouse, the first structure built. -Procured broad-band internet service. -Became an AmeriCorps volunteer site. 2011: The Agricultural department at Carson high school was reestablished due to The Greenhouse Project’s influence as a teaching site, resulting in a full time CHS teaching position. A Future Farmers of America chapter was established. 2015: Supplied a cell phone and service as a benefit to the project manager. (Assistant manager added in 2017.) 2017: -Foothill Garden was established in collaboration with Carson Tahoe Health on the hospital campus. Added one additional part-time, paid position for assistant manager to oversee the site. -Partnered with Harley Davidson Financial Services and Western Nevada Specialty Crop Institute for volunteers and community education. 2018: -Established Carson Tahoe Health Foothill Garden Monthly Learning Series for community education.
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