A program ofKidzKare, a 501(c)3 non-profit benefitting children in the greater Rochester, MI area.



Program Benefits

VISIBILTY

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.

SIMPLICITY

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.

ACCESSIBILITY

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.

FLEXIBILITY

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.

OPPORTUNITY

There will be ways for everyone to be involved. People can choose to be financial sponsors, be a host site for beds, work in the gardens, harvest, prepare, and distribute the produce, or offer their knowledge, skills and professional assistance. The bed design allows opportunities for gardens to be placed in unusual and unexpected places and take advantage of vertical space. A large number of crops hearty to our area will be available to beds hosts.

SCALABILITY

The simple, flexible, and sturdy design of the beds, the small size of the beds, the minimal skills needed by volunteers, the consistency of protocols, and the reduced resources required for care will make it much easier to expand than a typical in-ground, row garden. And we will go vertical, too – stacking, on roofs, and up walls.

CONTINUITY

Raising Rochester requires most of its financial resources up front before planting in order to purchase materials and equipment for the beds along with seed starting, composting, and rain collection systems. For beds completed and grown this year, subsequent years require only the cost of seeds and treatments so the average annual cost for a bed drops each and every year.

© KidzKare, Inc. 150 S. Elizabeth Str, Rochester, MI 48307  Phone: 248.505.3522  Email: KidzKareRochester@comcast.net  Web: www.KidzKare.net

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