BGC North End Learning Center Garden
The BGC North End Learning Center garden is located in a public housing community and tended by the kids who participate in our after school and summer programs. We started three 4’ x 4’ square foot garden beds last year, and would like to build three more and offer them to local families in order to begin creating a community garden.
The goal of the garden is to teach the kids how to grow their own food, as well as to introduce them to a variety of fresh foods that they are more likely to eat if they grow themselves. Our hope is that by teaching the kids how to grow some of their own food, and allowing them to participate in preparing the food, we will help instill healthy eating habits that will continue throughout their lives. In the process of planting, maintaining, and harvesting the garden, we are also supporting their academic skills by helping them plan seed spacing, read catalogs and recipes, and understand how the science of gardening works.
The primary beneficiaries of our project are the kids who care for the garden. Their families will also benefit by sharing in the produce the kids grow. By extension, the community benefits as we become more of a presence ourselves, and invite three other families to join us. We started the garden last year, and two of the neighbors eventually began visiting us and complimenting the kids on how well the garden was growing. This helps the neighbors and kids get to know one another, which in turn helps create a stronger sense of community.
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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