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Children's Community Garden Initiative

The Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission's Children's Community Gardening Initiative (CCGI) started in 2011 through the development of a Children's Garden at the ForMar Nature Preserve and Arboretum and its mobile educational tool, Truck Farm.  Since its inception both the gardening and educational components have "grown" substantially.  In 2013, the CCGI expanded to include free in-school programs for grades 3 through 5, and free summer programs at various Genesee County Parks locations.  The summer programs include an opportunity for children to learn about gardening practices and an opportunity to use those practices at raised garden beds at the sites.  Truck Farm is driven to both the schools and summer park programs and shows children the endless gardening possibilities open to them.  Produce harvested from these gardens provide participants the opportunity to enjoy fresh from the garden produce, which has been a new experience for many children.  Any additional harvest is then taken to the local food bank for distribution to food deprived individuals in the area. 

Where it's at:

2142 North Genesee Road
Burton, MI 48509
United States

Garden type:

community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people

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What this project needs:

volunteer labor

Project leaders:

Brian VanPatten
Heather Schwerin

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
(207) 956-0606