We are very excited to share that the Harvest Fields Project has been the recipient of the Known and Grown STL microgrant. This grant supports projects in North St. Louis that develop or improve environmental stewardship practices.
We will be installing birdhouses in the garden, which will attract bluebirds and chickadees, which are very effective pest insect predators. This will increase the diversity of the local ecosystem as well as reduce pest pressure. It's our hope that the birds will help the gardeners be more successful. We will also install a bird bath and bird waterers to make sure the birds have all they need and will decide to make Fresh Starts Community Garden a permanent home.
In addition to the birdhouses, we'll be adding a "Little Free Library" to the site. It will be filled with books about ecology, agriculture, and sustainability, as well as some inspirational poetry and fiction. These books will encourage the gardeners and help them become more equipped and passionate about producing whole, healthy food.
You can help us make this project even better! If we can raise just $300 more, we can purchase a library made of recycled plastic, which will require very little maintenance. We can better books, as some of the most helpful books are not available used. And we'll be able to add a couple more bird houses.
If you'd like to help with the installation, please contact Jason at email@example.com or 314-437-3861