Living Green Olympia: GRuB in Olympia WA - Why Yes It DOES Involve Dirt - & So Much More!

GRuB in Olympia WA - Why Yes It DOES Involve Dirt - & So Much More!

GRuB in Olympia WA, is a nonprofit organization that is designed in a way that is sheer genius, with multiple benefits rippling out over our community.  GRuB stands for Garden Raised Urban Bounty.  I love their slogan: "Nourishing strong communities by empowering people & growing good food."  And that they do!

 

GRuB in Olympia WA

GRuBhas a farm on the westside of Olympia where their motto comes to life.  GRuB partners with local schools and youth organizations to give teenagers a chance to build their self-confidence and contribute to the community while they learn to grow good food.  The farm itself produces enough food that the teenage participants can take some home to their own families, some is donated to our local Food Bank, and supporters of GRuB can also sign up to purchase regular baskets of produce.

The teenagers learn more than just how to grow good food.  They also learn how to build raised garden beds for low income families who then, in turn, can grow fresh, nutritious food for themselves.  This is called the Kitchen Garden Project and the families not only get the raised beds, but help in starting their very own gardens growing.

For those wanting to get involved with GRuB, there are opportunities to volunteer to help out at the farm, you can donate money, you can purchase a CSA, you can volunteer your time helping the organization in so many ways.  Last night we attended their annual fundraising "soiree" - & had a blast!  Lots of good food, both silent and live auctions with some outstanding donated items to tempt the bidders, and we got to hear from a couple of the GRuB teenagers who were absolutely inspiring. 

What an amazing organization GRuB is!  If you want more info on Olympia'S GRuB or about how you could replicate it where you are, just contact me! 

                                                                           

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Nancy Conner, City Realty Inc,    360-701-1086     nancy@cityrealtyinc.net      

Comment balloon 3 commentsNancy Conner • September 19 2010 12:56PM

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Nancy-what a great organization.  I think it's great that they are getting kids involved.  It's important to teach them about contributing to the community from a young age.  Busy kids don't have time to find trouble. 

Posted by Mel Wagner, Principal Broker/Agent Salem Oregon Real Estate (Knipe Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Mel!  It amazes me how much good this organization does in our community - and listening to the kids themselves talk about the impact on their lives just brings you to tears!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA about 9 years ago

It's important for communities to have organizations like this.  Kids are able to find so much trouble to get into these days.  Schools are just not what they were when I was growing up.  Sure there was a smoker's corner, but we certainly didn't have security guards all over the school.  Yes, it would bring tears to my eyes also.

Posted by Mel Wagner, Principal Broker/Agent Salem Oregon Real Estate (Knipe Realty) about 9 years ago

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