River island garden project

The BENDERDIGGER project is about introducing our youth to slow foods through sustainable gardening and wild food foraging.  Literally starting from the ground up we will introduce them to new gardening practices such as hugelkulture, year round gardening, harvesting and cooking.  

 We are pleased to announce that we have broken ground at River Island Subdivision in Evans, GA.  Please click on Events to see the program outline.  

About us - The Benderdigger program is a branch of Benderdinker.  The BENDERDINKER is a kayak/canoe "Festival on the water" the event takes place the last weekend in April after the masters.  The proceeds from the event are given to local charities.  One of those non-profit groups is Augusta Locally Grown.  Augusta Locally Grown is the organization in charge of the Evans Towne Farmers Market and is dedicated to educating the public about local agriculture and healthy food options.  We will be working with Augusta Locally Grown closely to provide us with speakers, demonstrations, volunteers, and knowledge. 

Kristina Williams lives in River Island and is the founder of the Benderdinker and Benderdigger.  She is an avid gardener and one of the Market managers for the Evans Towne Farmers Market.  She believes that food is medicine, and  in order to live a healthy life and avoid disease one should start with what we put into our body.  "Our youth are overwhelmed with processed foods, we need to teach them about eating real food and we need to start by showing them how to garden and harvest some of the wild items around them.  Its not realistic to expect them to eat healthy all the time but if we can get them to an 80/20 ratio then we can make a difference in the outcome of future disease."  

Kristina and her family are members of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she teaches the Dave Ramsey classes. Her and her husband are local financial advisors for Waddell & Reed.  A mother of two she understands how important it is to teach our youth about eating healthy and she feels that one way to get them to make better food choices is to get them involved in creating their food. "By growing and cooking their foods they give their food an identity, then they become more willing to try these new things".  

For more information on sponsoring, donating, or participating email:  benderdinker@gmail.com or contact Kristina Williams 706-589-2501. We are in need of funds and volunteers to get this program going!  If your need a tax deduction please contact us for more information.  

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