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Principal Financial Group expands community garden opportunities for growing and learning

March 1, 2016


Principal Financial group at Camden Street Learning Garden

Front Row: Liza Locascio, Stephanie Chandler, Katie Murray, Lindsey VonGillern, Bert Ward; Back Row: Gabriella Piedra, Dan, Gary Dorton, Dave Koch, Don Curtis

$20,000 Grant from Principal Financial Group Will Fund Compost Education, Outdoor Classroom at Camden Street Learning Garden

The Principal Financial Group has awarded a $20,000 grant to support the Camden Street Learning
Garden, a Southeast Raleigh food security initiative led by Inter-Faith Shuttle (IFFS). 
Located at 315 S. Camden St. in the middle of one of Raleigh’s most prominent food deserts, the garden is a unique community space for teaching residents to grow and cook vegetables, herbs, and fruits so they can become more self-sufficient and embrace healthier eating habits.  IFFS launched the garden in June 2014 with neighborhood children adopting garden beds, which then spread to engaging parents, grandparents and other community members.  With significant support from the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, a classroom and teaching kitchen were added in 2015.

Katie MurrayKatie Murray, Raleigh Urban Agriculture Programs Manager for IFFS said, “Kids are here virtually every day after school and all summer long.  Sometimes they come with their grandparents or other family members. It’s a safe place to be, it’s fun and they’re learning.”

Principal’s donation supports  the following expansions:

  • Partnering with CompostNow, IFFS will  build a Compost Education System that will turn local waste streams into resource streams. The community will learn how to grow food in the garden, prepare it in the teaching kitchen and then turn any pre-consumed or post-consumed food back into the soil it came from.
  • An outdoor classroom with kitchen and community gathering space will allow IFFS to host large school, corporate and community groups at Camden Learning Garden for field trips, tours and community dinners.
  • A greenhouse will allow for season extension as well as an economic learning opportunity for
    community gardeners and Seed to Supper program participants through the sale of organic starter plants.

A huge thanks to our amazing volunteers from the Principal Financial Group who spent all Friday morning helping us fix…

Posted by Inter-Faith Food Shuttle on Saturday, June 13, 2015

Principal employees have been volunteering in the garden since its inception, preparing the soil, installing rain catchment systems, and building other types of infrastructure needed for a thriving community garden.

“We feel privileged to partner with an organization who takes an innovative and impactful approach to solving hunger issues in our community,” said  Principal liaison Lindsey vonGillern.

All additions are expected to be up and running by the end of 2016.

ABOUT PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP: Principal Financial Group is a global investment management company devoting significant resources to charitable giving, volunteer efforts and sponsorships to increase awareness and appreciation for wide-ranging backgrounds and cultures. www.Principal.com

ABOUT INTER-FAITH FOOD SHUTTLE: Inter-Faith Food Shuttle pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community.




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