Grow Our Own started at the beginning of the year when toilet paper and food started becoming scarce off of store shelves.
Darrah Perez-Good Voice Elk and Deneica Barrett came up with a plan to utilize zoom with friends and family. “It started out with the planting of strawberries,” Barrett said, “Darrah had a plan to get us to grow our own food.”
They planted strawberries from the seed on the app Zoom and the following week they planted potatoes in a box. Technology had become their connection.
The Grow Our Own group has a Zoom meeting every Sunday starting at 11a.m. where they start each session with an introduction and reintroduction for those who are new or for others who are curious to know what others are doing. So far it has been a great way to connect and gain inspiration for what the Wind River gardening community is doing.
With gardeners from all levels of experience Wind River Grow Our Own 307’s weekly zoom has become a great way to keep everyone connected with what’s going to happen next in the Wind River/Fremont County gardening community.
Each week the zoom meetings are recorded and can be watched upon Grow Our Own’s YouTube channel.
Wind River Grow Our Own 307 was recently awarded with $4000 to go toward the food sustainability effort on and near the Wind River Reservation.
Funding provided by the United Presbyterian Church in Laramie, Grow Our Own Co-founders Darrah Perez-Good Voice Elk says, the money will be used to help 50 families with gardening sustainability to have successful gardens which means helping to build fences around gardens to protect against rodents and pests. “This is number one concerns right now,” says Perez-Good Voice Elk.
We have been seeing a great need to keep gardeners motivated during trying times. “The hot heat can scorch gardens. Mulch is another great need of our gardens,” Perez Good Voice Elk says. “We will do our best to keep our participants growing.”
“Learn as we go, learn as we grow, that is our motto,” Grow Our Own 307 Co-founder Deneica Barret says, “the funders help tremendously in keeping this project going.”
With plans to get a headstart in building boxes. The nonprofit hopes to inspire even more people next year to have a green thumb and grow their own nutritional foods.
It not only helps in eliminating unhealthy ways, it helps us feel good about doing something good for others. We inspire people to be good people and in turn see it having a positive domino effect on others, it feels good,” Darrah Perez-Good Voice Elk said.
Wind River Grow Our Own 307 is a ongoing nonprofit that started during the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic. They motivate, inspire, and educate community on how to have a successful garden during a pandemic and even after.