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Unity Gardens Inc

Growing Food, Growing Health, Growing Community

aka Unity Gardens   |   SOUTH BEND, IN   |  www.theunitygardens.org

Mission

The mission of the Unity Gardens is to improve wellness by connecting our community to healthy food, nature, and one another. Through the LaSalle Square Unity Garden, a 7 acre urban ecosystem, we support the 30 - 50 free food neighborhood Unity Gardens by guiding their horticultural efforts, sharing their stories and harnessing donations of seeds, plants, and materials to facilitate their growth. We host free classes, growing new gardeners, and our summer wellness programs help us invest in future generations; summer internships, recipe sharing, and Garden Guides who offer individualized fun in the garden. Through our dignified free food experience, we attract people into the gardens, literally growing community!

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Ms. Sara Lynne Stewart

Co Principal Officer

Micah Niespodziany

Main address

PO BOX 10022

SOUTH BEND, IN 46680 USA

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EIN

27-0901122

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Botanical, Horticultural, and Landscape Services (C40)

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Garden Guides

Garden Guides are Unity staff who help garden visitors navigate the garden through the peak harvest season; finding food, tasting, enjoying the goats and chickens or just exploring. Guides help individualize programming so families and children can enjoy our edible parks while maintaining safety. Being 5 generations displaced from the farm, many people who visit the Unity Gardens do not know how to harvest food, identify plants, etc. Garden Guides are in the garden from 10am to 9pm most of the summer!

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Unity Gardens invests in future generations through engaging young adults in the organizational functions. The Unity Gardens internship caters to a variety of students; each of whom participate in all aspects of the daily and weekly routine regardless of their expertise or focus. Once well acclimated to the culture and functions of Unity Gardens, each intern has the opportunity to identify and focus on an area if particular interest. Previous interns have: built greenhouses, established childrens' programs, written grants, run new off site farmer's markets, developed curriculum, made art in the garden, run a fund raiser, planned and held an event,, painted a "Unity" vehicle, designed a meditation garden, sold CSA's, made new products, designed new educational gardens, written news releases, etc.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents

Unity Gardens' open gardens are free pick for everyone. For over 10 years, our dignified free food experience has been serving our area providing food security and enriching and peaceful places. Our 30-50 gardens are completely open so that everyone can enjoy healthy, locally grown fresh produce without barriers. Because we have open gardens, like edible parks, where everyone is welcome, the gardens nourish the body and the soul! Th eflagship garden at laSalle Square is a 7 acre urban ecosystem that includes goats, chickens, beehives, pollination gardens, and an urban farm in addition to the acres of free pick areas!

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Unity Gardens Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Sara Stewart

Unity Gardens Inc.

Term: 2009 - 2021

Cara Lupa

Pediatric Cardiology