People are going hungry in our community every day despite the high income levels in the region. King County has one of the highest income gaps in the country where the wealth of some overshadows the fact that many are living in poverty, earning wages that can’t keep up with the high cost of living.
Parents skip meals so their children can have enough. Older adults are forced to choose between costly medication and proper nutrition. Working families resort to fast food to save money and time.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Maybin Chisebuka has a vision: every home a mini farm.
Maybin is an expert practitioner in small-scaled eco-intensive agriculture with 30 years of experience in empowering people to grow their own healthy food options. Originally from Zambia, Maybin came to the U.S. in 1991 and immersed himself in research that would lead to the successful best practices he uses today to teach children and adults about gardening in any space - small yards, patios, and containers.
Maybin’s endeavor, the Bellevue Urban Garden (tBUG), is located in the Lake Hills neighborhood of Bellevue. Passersby who walk the public path in front of the farm often peek in and are warmly welcomed by Maybin. They soon become friends and enthusiastic partners, many volunteering to work the soil and plant new seeds. They come with their entire families - small children just learning to walk and older, dependent parents who offer advice from their younger days when they gardened and worked on farms.
Neighbors bring bounty from their own gardens to combine with tBUG’s when it’s time to give to the local food bank. (Maybin has a partnership with Hopelink’s food bank program to provide fresh produce for local families.)
Maybin hosts hundreds of school children every year who come to learn about environmentally friendly farming and how they, too, can grow their own food. The students delight in knowing where food at the grocery store comes from and how they can garden right at home.
CAN YOU HELP?
If you share Maybin’s passion for the social and environmental benefits that come from gardening, you know that a lot can come from small, but significant investments. TBUG is working to establish the basic infrastructure that will reap rewards for many years to come.
Can you help plant these “seeds"?
Your gifts are investments in plants and structures that will serve the farm and all its visitors and students for many seasons to come. Maybin welcomes you to stop by and see how your funds are growing (literally!) and watch tBUG expand to reach more families.
Here are ways to support tBUG:
ABOUT tBUG’s SPONSOR:
Global Social Business Partners (GSBP) is a food/farm and entrepreneurship incubator. In 2015 tBUG was the first venture launched by GSBP to help address hunger in Washington. GSBP is proud to support tBUG and enjoys every opportunity to tell the story and share Maybin Chisebuka’s vision.