The raised beds will be very visible throughout the community, full of healthy green plants and with a tasteful “Raising Rochester” sign and program description. Their visibility will draw curiosity from those who are unaware of the program and pride from those who participate. Having the beds so available to see and talk about will help expand the program and make the “brand” more well-known and respected.
The design of the beds and their construction will be kept simple and will require more willingness to learn and try than actual skill and experience. The organic, sustainable, and bio-intensive methods of gardening require much less ongoing maintenance time and resources and provide much more food bang for the buck.
Since the plants are not grown “in the ground,” they can be placed on any surface and at any height. This will make the beds closer to the people involved and being served and the beds will be more physically available for everyone – disabled, elderly, children, sore joints, and bad hearts alike.
The entire program will be administered and overseen by KidzKare. For purposes of liability and ease of organic certification, KidzKare will retain ownership of all of the beds, plants, harvest, and waste. Bed hosts can choose to do any amount of the “garden” maintenance themselves but there will always be maintenance teams available to teach, help, repair, pick, and haul away. There will be protocols to follow to keep the care, health, and harvest safe and consistent.