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Benton Elementary School Garden

Our school garden was started in the fall of 2010.  Our garden is a collaborative with the Benton Elementary School personnel, students and the Benton Before and After School Program. We currently have 11 raised beds, and 1 (16 by 32) traditional garden. The gardens are planted by both the school students with the support of their teachers and the afterschool children with the support of the afterschool staff.  Teachers’ use the gardens as part of their curriculum for science, math, nutrition, health and art.  The afterschool program runs during the summer so the children tend the garden from seed to harvest.

The funds we receive from this grant will go to purchase more compost to add to our soil in our raised beds.  We have not added any compost since our first year in 2010 and we are in desperate need of this to enrich soil with nutrients. 

Our goals are to teach children the value of eating fresh, local and healthy foods. We believe if children are involved with the garden from start to finish they will learn to appreciate the value of maintaining a garden and may continue to gardening throughout their lives.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."






Where it's at:

68 School Drive
Benton, ME 04901
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

children and at-risk youth

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Project leaders:

Nancy Simpson
Lou Anne Parker

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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
(207) 956-0606