Cobb Street Children's Learning Center Garden
Our new garden will be the highlight of our larger "Natural Playscape" project. The garden will be located in our backyard recess area, replacing ugly asphalt and a concrete wall. In addition to growing produce to supplement our school lunch program and providing super-fresh snacks for the preschoolers at recess, our garden will offer a platform for year-round education.
Our expanded gardening program will involve 300 children with their food cycle in a hands-on way, from seed to harvest. A soil plot, small greenhouse, and composting bins will be the core infrastructure anchoring the larger goal of teaching the kids about the origin of their food. Students and volunteers have already established planters and pots, allowing gardening to be integrated into the science curriculum school-wide for ages 2-14. Kids participate as planters, pickers, eaters, and as honored caretakers, both during the regular school year and during summer school. Middle schoolers even compete in a cooking contest using local produce and a “secret” ingredient from the school garden. The new garden will expand our gardening area and allow the garden to be used as a living lab on a weekly basis.
In addition to PreK-8 private school education, our center also provides subsidized childcare in an economically depressed area. Approximately 25% of our children are from low-income families and/or have a parent in a drug/alcohol recovery program.
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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Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA