Welcome to our Reap More Than You Sow blog.
This local community gardening initiative continues to grow as funds allow and is being recognized as a significant influence in the lives of individuals and families in our communities. RMTYS was recently awarded an ECHO Award at the annual Winston-Salem Foundation luncheon at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem in early May. ECHO Awards are given to local entities that increase social capital in our community.
RMTYS is a local non-profit, based in Winston-Salem, to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of community and school gardens. Our RMTYS gardens are providing hands-on learning, recreation, exercise, aesthetics, community achievement and pride, education, fellowship, ecotherapy and of course vegetables, fruits and flowers to enrich the lives of those involved. In addition to feeding ourselves, many people at the food charities have received several thousand pounds of extra fresh, natural and nutritious produce. (We operate on a “zero waste” policy.) It really doesn’t get much better!
We had four charter gardens in 2010 and have now grown to over twenty community and school gardens in the area reaching from Thomasville to King and from Advance to Walnut Cove. Excluding the school gardens, these community gardens produced over 8,500 pounds of fresh food last year and donated nearly 4,000 pounds to local food banks and pantries.
We have ambitious plans and would like to see this project spread to new communities, neighborhoods, churches, and schools: involving more people, enabling families to grow their own food, and giving back in all the ways you can imagine. These plans are greatly dependent on our fundraising success, and this is a priority for us. As a priority, we are seeking to raise sufficient funds to sustain operations through 2013 until our major fundraising activity and program roll out gets underway. Your donations are used wisely and benefit numerous individuals and families. We are helping people to help themselves! It is a “win-win” situation!
This is a great opportunity to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all our sponsors, donors, helpers, participants, gardeners and everyone who has made all this possible with their efforts. You should be proud at your achievements. Well done and please keep sowing.
Andrew Hebard Wallace Williamson
Co-Founder of Reap More Than You Sow Coordinator of Reap More Than You Sow