Sunrise Community Garden! In partnership with Sierra Club, we created a community garden that is open to the public. Maintained by volunteers, the Sunrise Community Garden offers free produce to anyone in the community. The garden is open every day of the week from dawn to dusk. Feel free to come by and harvest what you can use. So far this year, we've grown tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, cilantro, dill, basil, watermelon, cucumbers, ground cherries, okra, corn from the Navajo Nation and more! We recently planted fall crops, so keep coming back! 1501 Learnard Ave.
Sunrise Project partnered with Douglas County and Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to develop a health equity model to truly engage all voices in the development of the County Food Plan. Eight Community Coordinators were hired and trained in food systems, local policy and civic engagement. They then went out to their own communities (neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, etc.) to gather everyday stories and experiences with food in Douglas County. Those stories were incorporated in a stand-alone Food Plan that will inform future decisions in the county.
We're also developing vermicomposting (the process of composting using worms) at the Sunrise site! In partnership with five schools and with funding support from Green Schools Grants, we're working with Nicholas Ward, who is developing vermicompost curriculum and conducting food audits at the schools, as well as building a worm bin at our site. We've begun picking up food scraps from the neighboring schools, which will feed the system and help us serve as a learning site for area youth.