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Children's Workshop Garden at Campos

The Children's Workshop Garden at Campos is a straw bale and Three Sisters garden in New York City, created in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction. The garden is a therapeutic and safe space for at-risk youth to learn how to grow food and do some basic in-garden cooking. Youth who have benefitted include a group of girls from a local residence who came to the garden with a background of family trauma and turmoil and found a sense of peace—and their palates--among the plants.

Each stage presented an opportunity for children to learn and develop a sense of personal food sovereignty: digging methods, soil health, seed starting, planting, mulching, composting, watering, plant identification, pest management, harvesting, cooking, preserving, etc.

We are seeking to transform the temporary straw bale garden into permanent raised beds and create a long-term space for children to learn and grow. The straw bales were an ideal vehicle for starting a pilot children's gardening program, and were intended to break down into compost. But the program was such a success, we want to make it permanent and expand the reach of the garden.  The planting goals for this garden are:  

1) to plant as much as possible without overtaxing the beds’ fertility or causing competition for water and soil,

2) to feature a broad overview of the types of plants one can grow in the garden, including methods of companion planting,

3) to create an environmental classroom to inspire stewardship of the land, and

4) give kids as much opportunity to taste different foods and combinations of food and herbs as possible.

Where it's at:

E. 12th Street
Btw. Avenues A & B
New York, NY 10009
United States

Garden type:

community garden

Garden size (in square feet):

300

Garden beneficiaries:

at-risk youth and children

Number of people reached:

350

What this project needs:

funds
tools
seeds
seedlings
volunteer labor
fruit bushes
soil
compost
mulch
lumber
coldframe
watering hose
irrigation system
garden cart
trellises

Project leaders:

Carolyn Zezima
Chris Batenhurst

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