Big things are happening at Keipos this year and we couldn’t be more excited! Keipos’ mission is to use food, farming, and education to transform lives. Simply put, we grow food, feed people, and transform hearts.
This season we will be working with the city of Papillion to plant two new volunteer and education gardens and use that produce to feed underprivileged families of Sarpy County and the Omaha area with the help of the Garden Givers Group, Tri-City Food Pantry, Heartland Family Services. Each family will receive a box of fresh produce every week! Good food and nutrition has the power to change the lives of the families we will be helping. Over the span of 20-25 weeks, each family will receive a box of fresh organic produce on a weekly basis. Recipes and classes on how to best use the food they receive will be provided as well.
We will also be working with the Juvenile Justice Center to provide programming for students needing summer supervision, a community service opportunity tending to the garden itself, as well as classroom education from June 8 - Aug 8, 2017. We will also be working with the juveniles who are in lock-up one day a week, providing education and hands-on gardening experience at the JJC.
Not only will they get to work on their outdoor design and garden skills, and their critical thinking skills, we will be focusing much of our classroom time on the "inner gardener" and what it means to be Forgiven, Forgiving, and Free! Many of these students will hopefully find confidence and purpose while helping to feed others, allowing their own hearts to be transformed.
These programs have the power to change lives and our city but we can’t do that without your support. We need hands, prayers, and funds to get this project going. Here are some of the ways you can support Keipos and it’s mission this season:
1. Pray for us. Pray for the city. Pray for the families who will be receiving the CSA boxes. Pray for the JJC youth who will be volunteering in the gardens. Pray for initial seed money from a grant application we are awaiting to kick-start the project with required materials.
2. Give. Consider giving a tax deductible donation to get the project started. All monies raised will go directly to preparing the land and planting, as well as towards the boxes for the 60 CSA families. 60 families x $500 per CSA share = $30,000 (!) It’s a big number but this is a big project that will have a big impact on the people and families we are serving, as well as in our city. We know that for many of you $500 is a big number- consider splitting the cost with friends, family, your Bible study, business, or church. Every donation counts! You can donate here: http://keipos.org/donate.html
3. Volunteer. It’s going to take manpower (and woman power!) to get the land prepared, garden planted and maintained, as well as packing the boxes on a weekly basis. We are looking for key volunteers who want to receive food as well as volunteers who can give just a little time each week, and/or a one time event. We will have a meeting on March 30th for those who are interested in being involved with these projects and programs. Meeting information here. You can sign up here to volunteer your time: http://www.keipos.org/city.html
4. Apply. We will be offering a paid internship for a few people! Interns will be funded through feed-a-family donations. These paid internships are ideal for students 19 years or older looking for evening work 3 to 4 days a week learning more about agriculture and organic farming. We also have the opportunity for two of those students (or a couple) to participate in a farm residency program. To apply or find more info visit: http://www.keipos.org/internships.html
We can’t wait to see how these gardens impact the lives of those around us and our city!
Will you join us?