Master Gardener Project "Build-A-Bed Feed-A-Family" Completed

Your donation will enable our Master Gardener program to improve your community. Master Gardeners of Benton and Franklin Counties supports gardening educational and research to support beautiful and productive gardens while enhancing mental and physical health.

Kennewick Housing Authority - Lilac Homes

Kennewick Housing Authority (KHA) has completed the construction  20 tiny homes for homeless families with children, homeless veterans, and homeless people with disabilities.  The 1-acre development is on east 13th Avenue — a block of Washington Street and a few blocks from the downtown Kennewick Red Apple. The micro homes are a mix of studio to two-bedroom units, ranging from 300 square feet to 600 square feet.

Through a grant from 3 River Community Foundation (www.3rcf.org), the Benton-Franklin Master Gardeners have completed ten raised beds for the new tenants.  Master Gardeners have been in partnership with KHA for several years and have established gardens in all their housing projects: Sunny Slope Homes, Nueva Vista I and II, and Keewaydin Plaza. Master Gardeners supports KHA’s mission in developing and maintaining safe, affordable, quality housing that promotes healthy neighborhoods and inspires communities.  Having raised garden beds available for families saves money and allows more fresh produces for a nutrient enriched diet.  The garden beds further provide for an atmosphere for a healthy interaction with the families through a common goal and sharing of gardens.  Master Gardeners provide also provides seeds and transplants for the gardens.

The Master Gardener Foundation is looking for funding to support these community efforts. A $270 donation provides funding for one raised bed that can provide approximately 200 pounds of fresh produce a year.   Please help if you can