FFOYA House's urban garden was one of 10 projects in an eight-county region selected this month to receive a community garden mini-grant from the Barren River District Health Department. The award will help us expand our urban demonstration farm by planting a wider diversity of plants and building additional growing systems. We will also use the funds to build a chicken coop and to host future garden workshops.
FFOYA House has also assisted in the development of a community garden at one of our partner nonprofits, Hope Harbor, the regional rape crisis center which also received a grant from the health department. You can read about Hope Harbor's project in this story from the Bowling Green Daily News. Here's what Simone Payne wrote in that article about FFOYA House:
Amanda Crawford, co-founder of FFOYA House, was also volunteering at Hope Harbor. Her organization also received one of the grants awarded by the health department. She said the FFOYA House's mission is to connect artists and musicians and other creative people with causes and teach them about sustainability.
"Growing our own food I think is a major movement towards urban gardens, community gardens and more kind of localized food production and there's also a healing aspect to being out in nature," Crawford said. "So I think that for Hope Harbor to be able to offer their clients both that healing space, but also a place where they can get access to fresh produce, that's really important for them."
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FFOYA House Mission
To foster a spirit of equality and fairness, bridging gaps between artists, activists and community members. Using art (not celebrity) as an impetus for change.