Boys & Girls Club Community Garden
Established in 2007 as an experimental 20’x20’ youth garden, the Boys & Girls Club Community Garden has grown to a 6,000 square foot garden located next to our O’Fallon, MO unit. The garden currently has 19 raised beds, an orchard, and a small pond with a resident duck named Tac!
Beginning in the late winter, club members began growing seedlings for the garden indoors. In early spring, around May 1, they begin planting! Last year they planted tomatoes, peppers, radishes, corn, cucumbers, and many other popular vegetables and fruits including, melons, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, apples and pears .
The garden program has many goals, but primary is used to educate Club members about the value of growing their own food. They learn the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables and hopefully develop healthy eating habits. They learn that food doesn’t just come from a grocery store, but that it is grown and comes from the earth.
Club members also learn the value of giving and sharing. Much of the harvest is given to Club member families or donated to a local food pantry. Some of the produce is used during summer cooking classes that teach youth not only how to prepare meals, but emphasizes proper portion size, nutrition, and having a healthy diet. Some is even used at our Clubs to supplement their meal programs.
The program is supervised by our unit director who has a huge passion for gardening, and a volunteer who is a certified master gardener. Club members work in the garden throughout the entire season, from planting to harvest.
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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