Come join us for an evening in the garden where you will learn about our past, present, and future community projects. Listen to live music from local artists, smell the aroma of delicious foods cooked on-site and taste the unique blends of our seasonal cocktails! A night filled with dancing, singing, laughing and most importantly, having a great time making memories with friends and neighbors!
This year marks Apple Core Project’s 10th year anniversary targeting Kern County’s underserved populations by way of food access, community outreach and nutritional education. 2022 marks our 3rd year partnering with Bakersfield Recovery Services to provide therapeutic healing though our Grace Street Garden. Our garden is a safe-haven for individuals focused on recovery and healing.
Through the process of planting and harvesting crops, people can uncover growth, not only as witnessed in the garden, but within oneself as well. Throughout the pandemic, Apple Core Project helped to distribute over 200,000 lbs of food to an area of East Bakersfield that had limited access to affordable and nutritious food options.
A strong partnership with Community Action Partnership of Kern and Bakersfield Recovery Services allowed for us to continue being a steady food access site for thousands of people. We are committed to continue uplifting the neighborhood by way of more educational programming in the Grace Street Garden and expanding our reach in the community.
Our 2023 goal is to expand Grace Street Garden to fill the whole plot of land that we are currently on. With this expansion comes more growing opportunities which means more produce that will be shared with the community of Old Town Kern and to individuals and families in need of nutritional foods.
It will provide more therapeutic programs and creative projects with our friends at Bakersfield Recovery Services and the garden will become a place for the community to come and learn about nutrition, gardening and cooking. As the garden expands, we hope to have the means to be able to reach other communities in Kern County who are also in food desert areas.