You can grow your own food. We can help.

Celebrating Food and Community

There aren’t many teenagers who are exposed to gardening in high school.  If they are lucky, their family might have a garden at home, but many working parents don’t have the time to commit to growing their own food and a lot just aren't interested.  Our Organic Gardening class is designed to introduce our students to the addictive world of growing fruits and vegetables.  Our students will learn all about organic and sustainable gardening  including soil and plant science, botany, biodiversity, permaculture and cooking,– and get to be outdoors exercising as they learn.  But our most important goal is to create life-long gardeners. 

Additional Goals:  We’d like to extend our growing space (from our small greenhouse) to a larger outdoor garden that can give us a much bigger harvest for our local food dinners.   We’d also like to have as many community members and senior citizens take part in the class as possible as we strongly believe in intergenerational learning -  which is why the class is also open to our community and is free for senior citizens (some of which are interested in being mentors). 

Our students will benefit enormously from learning how to grow their own food – from the skills they learn, the exercise they will get and from interaction with older generations.  Our community members will benefit by being mentors to our students and senior citizens will benefit socially from being a part of the class. .   The class is designed to introduce our students (of every age) to the joy and satisfaction that comes from growing organic vegetables and herbs from seed – through 3 seasons in our greenhouse and a new garden we are planning.   

Where it's at:

38 York St.
Kennebunk, ME 04043
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

Garden size (in square feet):

1000

Garden beneficiaries:

at-risk youth and seniors

Number of people reached:

65

What this project needs:

funds
tools
seeds
seedlings
gardening books
compost
mulch
coldframe
watering hose
garden cart

Project leaders:

Jonah Fertig
Marylyn Wentworth

About us:

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
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606