Brick Store Museum Victory Garden
The Brick Store Museum Victory Garden will be an outdoor learning space teaching audiences of all ages about the history of conservation, home gardening, and rationing in the 1940s through hands-on workshops and activities where children and families can plant, harvest, taste, and explore how a garden benefits all of us. Like in the 1940s, home gardens will supplement our tables with healthy foods and energize families to get outside and work together. The Victory Garden will be built as a demonstration garden so the Museum can present free nutrition, cooking, and gardening workshops by partnering with local institutions (Southern Maine Medical Center, York County Community College, Partners for a Hunger Free York County, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine Association for the Education of Young Children, UMaine Extension School Master Gardeners) so that all visitors can benefit from our pooled knowledge of eating healthy, getting outside, and gardening itself.
The Museum plans to work from the official 1942 “How to Plant Your Victory Garden” booklet released by the U.S. Government. Linking hunger and nutrition issues from the past to the present is extremely important to our partnerships. All food harvested from our garden will be donated to local food banks to directly benefit York County’s food insecure families. The Victory Garden will succeed in two ways: it will teach people how to grow their own food in their back yards and stretch meals for the dinner table; and it will also directly feed those that do not have enough. Through informal education and food production, we seek to inspire the community at large to change Maine's status as the seventh "Hungriest State" in the nation.
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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