The Outback Gardening Initiative

  • Location
    Rogers, Arkansas
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The Problem

Our nonprofit, the Outback Cat House Rescue, wishes to transform a small, empty lot next to our building into a community garden and composting area. Currently, there are no community gardens or composting systems in the area, though we are located in a rapidly growing, densely populated urban area of Rogers, Arkansas. With this initiative, we would invite our surrounding neighbors, many of which have children, to join us in building, planting and maintaining our garden. During gardening sessions, current OBCHR volunteers will provide mini-courses on sustainable gardening and composting practices. Further, given that our rescue is a feline-only, no-kill shelter, all of what we aim to plant will be cat-friendly, and available for any of our volunteers or participants to take home! Additionally, as our rescue constantly has cats in need of adoption, this project will increase traffic at the rescue, helping our kitties get some much-needed attention and maybe even a home!

Our Plan

We wish to begin this project at the end of May. Initially, we plan to build lifted beds and pallet gardens made from recycled wooden pallets. We then plan on planting late-summer vegetables and herbs that are appropriate to our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone (Zone 7). During this time, we will also begin composting, using waste from the rescue and any other waste from volunteers or participants. We aim to have the garden and composting system fully up and running by the end of June. Classes will be held on a weekly basis. We will do community outreach via Facebook, Instagram, and flyers.

Themes Addressed

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    Pets & Companion Animals
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