The Arc's Rows of Sharin'
The vision for our community garden came from a retired special education teacher who wanted to share her love of gardening with our clientele – youth and adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has evolved into a program where our Self Advocates (adults with intellectual disabilities), special education students, families, friends, neighbors, and volunteers all work together in the garden; growing and developing friendships, sharing gardening knowledge, and building confidence while also providing produce for themselves and the community.
Our goals are to help special needs adults and youth learn the joy and benefits of gardening, to promote inclusiveness and socialization, and to provide low-cost healthy choices for our gardeners and others less fortunate in our community.
The vision came from one person, but it has taken a community to expand the garden area, build raised beds, move in dirt, compost, plant, water and harvest. Volunteers from various companies helped build forms for the raised beds, self advocates tilled the new garden beds, volunteers including special needs youth and Master Gardeners, helped move dirt and mulch for the gardens, plant and water throughout the hot Kansas summers.
The result is a garden that produced enough to supply our advocates’ needs, the needs of a nearby low-income senior center, and several area food banks.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA