THE GROWING COMMUNITY PROJECT
HUMANITARIAN GARDENS BUILD COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
The global pandemic and economic crisis have impacted Santa Barbara County. Among the many hardships that the community faces is the hard fact that tens of thousands of Santa Barbara County residents are unable to put enough food on the table. Even before COVID-19, one out of four families countywide struggled with hunger. The pandemic has only made things worse.
Now there is something you can do about it. It’s called The Growing Community Project.
A NATIONAL TRADITION
During the First and Second World Wars, victory gardens on private property and public parklands provided fresh fruits and vegetables to citizens during wartime rationing. In 1943, 40% of the nation’s fresh vegetables were grown in victory gardens. These gardens didn’t just feed hungry people, they also boosted morale and community spirit by connecting individual gardeners to a bigger cause.
A MODERN APPROACH
WISDOM OF OUR ELDERS
ADVICE TO GROW BY: For hundreds of years, agriculture has been a key part of Santa Barbara’s cultural and economic fabric. Through our partnership with the UC Master Gardeners, the Bucket Brigade Growing Community draws from the science-backed wisdom of UC research to help educate newcomers and the next generation.
ENGAGE THE YOUTH
MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOW
THE BENEFITS OF HUMANITARIAN GARDENING
1 IN 4 FAMILIES ARE FOOD INSECURE IN SANTA BARBARA
“How can Santa Barbara County ever become resilient when one out of every four families doesn’t get enough to eat? It’s time to stop talking and to start growing!”
– Abe Powell, Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade
“Winning is only possible if we win together.”
– Thomas C. Parker
President, Hutton Parker Foundation