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The Impact of Your Donation: Region V Partnership
Humans from all walks of life crave a connection with nature.
For centuries, we’ve found solace in nature, whether through gardening, taking a stroll through the park, or hiking through the mountains. But with urbanization, technology, and a growing shortage of open spaces, it’s easy to become deprived of the green earth that we live in.
But we’re working to change that.
Through Community Crops, individuals with developmental disabilities are able to experience the power of nature and human connection.
Region V Services aids people with developmental disabilities in southeast Nebraska and since 2014, the garden at 46th & Pioneers has given their clients an opportunity to grow food for themselves and engage with the broader community.
Tammi McCullough, Region V staff member, shares the many benefits for the participants. “We get to meet new people at the garden, and in turn, people get to learn about our focus as well. A lot of our clients like fresh vegetables and fruit. They work hard in the garden. The fresh local food is a great remedy for many health conditions affecting our group such as diabetes.” The produce that is harvested by Region V at the 46th & Pioneers garden is taken to a Region V facility where it is prepared and shared by all of the clients.
The Impact of Your Donation: Meet Charlie
Fresh air, sunshine, the smell of freshly turned dirt...it gets into a farmer’s blood and never leaves. As they say, you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy. Charlie is no exception. After decades of farming near Kearney, he and his wife sold their land and retired to a mobile home in Lincoln.
Unfortunate events had left the couple with little more than Social Security to sustain them. Other than a tomato plant near their trailer, years went by without Charlie having a chance to grow. Then during a FoodNet pickup, Charlie learned about the Crops community garden at Oak Lake Church. He signed up for a plot (made possible by donors like you!), and on the first day of the season hobbled to the garden with his cane to give it a try. Throughout the season, he tended crops and swapped ideas with fellow growers.
The country boy in Charlie blossomed. Just being among the plants, in the fresh air, with dirt under his fingernails, was a kind of harvest—a heart full of joy. Charlie and his wife experienced:
- A delicious abundance of their garden all summer long. So many vegetables!
- A reduction in their dependence on FoodNet
- Improved health. By the summer’s end, Charlie didn’t even need his cane!
- Friendships and camaraderie. Charlie made friends and began to enjoy life again.
Charlie is recruiting others to grow in the community gardens, and we need your help for these new gardeners to thrive!
That’s what your donation to Community Crops grows: good health, joy, sustenance, and a new lease on life. What better way to share the abundance in your own life?
Without you, these gardening experiences aren't possible. Please make a donation today.
On behalf of all of our farmers, gardeners, and staff, thank you!
Become a Crops Perennial Supporter! A recurring monthly donation to Community Crops grows food year-round in Lincoln. Consider donating $10 a month. Set up your monthly donation now!
Some examples of how your gift will help grow food in Lincoln:
- A gift of $1,000 covers all the costs for the a limited-resource participant in the Growing Farmers Winter Workshop Series.
- A gift of $500 provides tools for a new garden site and support to the gardeners for one year.
- A gift of $250 funds seeds for one growing season for the Community Garden program.
- A gift of $100 provides supplies for school gardening lessons.
- A gift of $50 sponsors a gardeners plot for one limited-resource family.
- A gift of $25 covers the cost of testing one garden site for fertility to ensure healthy soil and healthy crops.
- A gift of $20 supplies water for one garden plot for the season.
- A gift of $10 covers the cost of one shovel for gardeners to use.
- A gift of $5 buys 100 packets of vegetable seeds for our community gardeners.