Master Gardener Project

Master Gardener Project

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

Kennewick Housing Authority (KHA) has announced a project will create 16 tiny homes for homeless families with children, homeless veterans, and homeless people with disabilities.  The 1-acre development is on 13th Avenue — a block of Washington Street and a few blocks from the downtown Kennewick Red Apple. The micro homes will be a mix of studio to two-bedroom units, ranging from 300 square feet to 600 square feet.  Stratford Homes in Rathdrum, Idaho, is building the prefab units to be trucked in by March.

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 this effort. A $150 donation provides funding for one raised bed that can provide approximately 200 pounds of fresh produce.  We are assuming that 10 to 12 raised beds will be provided if sufficient funding is obtained.  Please help if you can.