By Senators Ranker, Fraser, McAuliffe, and Eide

     WHEREAS, Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) was founded in 1993 as a grass roots nonprofit organization dedicated to nourishing a strong community by empowering people and growing good food; and
     WHEREAS, GRuB has built over 2,200 free raised-bed vegetable gardens for low-income families in their community since 1993; and
     WHEREAS, Each of these gardens produce over 600 dollars worth of produce each year; and
     WHEREAS, GRuB employs and trains over thirty-five low-income teenagers every year to grow thousands of pounds of organic vegetables for the Olympia community and build free gardens for low-income families; and
     WHEREAS, Upon entering the program during the years of 2001 to 2008 only forty percent of GRuB's youth were on track to graduate, but now more than eighty-eight percent of them have graduated or earned their GED; and
     WHEREAS, GRuB has constructed a community and youth development facility and preserved a historic small urban farm ten minutes from downtown Olympia using, in part, Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development capital facilities funding; and
     WHEREAS, GRuB continues to meet an increasing demand on their services in the face of a struggling economy not only at home, but abroad; and
     WHEREAS, GRuB's successful programs for youth development and food production models has led to partnering with other communities to replicate the program; and
     WHEREAS, The GRuB pilot project in Lewis County will continue their successful efforts at the Growing Places Farm and Energy Park; and
     WHEREAS, GRuB will continue its dedication to grow inspired, self-confident, and community-minded youth and help low-income families and seniors to help themselves by building them raised-bed gardens at their homes;
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate
recognize GRuB for its many contributions to the low-income youth and families of Washington and the betterment of our communities; and
     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Kim Gaffi and Blue Peetz, Codirectors of GRuB.

I, Thomas Hoemann, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8663,
adopted by the Senate
April 21, 2009

Secretary of the Senate