Children's Discovery Garden
The Milton Free Public Library serves the small rural communities of Milton N.H., Milton Mills N.H. and neighboring towns in Maine and New Hampshire. The availability of services such as computer access and e-books are currently provided free of charge, regardless of residence status, so our Library's patron list has continued to grow. The Friends of the Milton Free Public Library is a small 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) public non profit volunteer group that supports the Library's Mission by providing cultural and educational enrichment through fundraising and grant seeking activities. In the Spring of 2013, an ambitious Library staff member developed a proposal to build and fund four 4 x 12 organic raised vegetable beds on the 1/2 acre property as a Children"s Discovery Garden. The purpose was to promote the Summer Reading Program theme: DIG INTO READING. Library Trustees and Town Selectmen approved the plan which was funded by a plant sale held on May 25. The organic garden beds were built and filled with donated compost by adult volunteers, but planted, tended and harvested by local children. Every Thursday morning in conjunction with The Summer Reading Program, aspiring gardeners learned about organic practices, insect identification and an appreciation of where food comes from. Picture books, cookbooks and gardening manuals were readily available to supplement the program. As a result, the Library's front yard was beautified by the addition of the small edible ecosystem which became an outdoor extension of the services provided within. Patrons and townspeople were treated to a rainbow of thriving, naturally grown herbs and vegetables. Snacking was encouraged. This project serves as a reminder to our community of its agrarian heritage and is also an effective interactive teaching tool for enthusiastic organic gardeners of all ages and abilities.
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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