Children's Center Garden to Table Project
Children's Center Early Intervention and Family Support is a program in Augusta, Maine that serves young children (ages 6 weeks through 6 years) with special needs, in an inclusive setting. All of the children at the Center benefit from the gardens!
We have been expanding our raised-bed garden project for three years, now. Our first raised bed garden was a mix of a sensory garden and a vegetable garden, built to give access to the garden for children in wheelchairs and with limited mobility. We have since built an additional double raised-bed garden, and we now grow a variety of vegetables and edible flowers. The plants, as much as possible, are from the seeds that children sprout/ start in the spring in their classrooms. (Some plants must be well-hardened seedlings from a local greenhouse, due to the short growing season in central Maine.)
The garden beds are a part of a garden to table curriculum that we developed, where the children start the seeds, plant them in the raised beds, tend them as they grow, help harvest the vegetables, and then get a presentation in their classroom showing how what they have grown and harvested can be fixed into a snack, or become a part of their meals.
We have received expert assistance and input in garden planning from the Kennebec Valley Garden Club, and a local FoodCorps Member and consultant.
The classrooms here at the Center, set up by age groupings (and some special program groupings), are: Seedlings, Little Sprouts, Growing Buds, Bursting Blossoms, Busy Bees and Stepping Stones. As you can see, gardens and growing and nurturing are a very central theme!
Getting the funding from this grant will allow us to continue with this vibrant and engaging project for ALL the children at the Children's Center.
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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