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Habitat houses now come with organic gardens

From reselling used building materials through its Restores to contributing to the development of Biotown USA, Habitat for Humanity has a definite green streak… if you have doubts, just check out the international organization’s efforts on sustainable building and energy efficiency. The Inland Valley chapter in Southern California has taken this green focus to heart: not only has it incorporated solar power into many of its projects through a partnership with GRID Alternatives (like many California chapters), but it also now includes an organic garden with every “new” home.

Jeff Horseman of Riverside’s Press-Enterprise caught up with executive director Tammy Marine, who told him that “we felt that incorporating an organic garden helps to teach sustainability and encourage healthy eating.” Both of those are great ends in and of themselves, but introducing new homeowners to the joys of gardening also seems to fit very well with Habitat’s mission of empowerment… just as clients build “sweat equity” through hands-on work on their own Habitat home, providing the opportunity to grow some of their family’s own food further emphasizes the idea of self-sufficiency.

This is the first Habitat project quite like this that I’ve come across… if you know of others, please feel free to point out my ignorance!

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Image credit: vmiramontes at Flickr under a Creative Commons license (and this isn’t a garden at a Habitat home… but you get the idea)