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Community Garden at Lakeside School

The proposed project involves the maintenance and expansion of the existing school garden at the Lakeside School in Essex, NY. At Lakeside, students and faculty work alongside one other to grow produce, flowers and storage crops which are subsequently harvested for snacks and creative decoration at school.

The main beneficiaries are the children attending Lakeside who not only experience the full life cycle of food-plants but come to understand the joys of growing nutritious food close to home. Additionally, faculty work diligently to craft lesson plans which call on children to use newly-attained academic concepts in the garden. For instance, abstract notions like addition and multiplication become more concrete when students are tasked with calculating how many seeds can be sown in a wide row given the spacing requirements of a particular crop. These lessons pay dividends in food security but also cultivate a love of learning in children through hands-on exercises that engender a sense of efficacy.

In the coming year we plan to rehabilitate a defunct greenhouse on the property. With funds to resurrect the greenhouse, students will be participating in gardening activities for 8 more weeks of the school year. As it stands, our harsh north-country winters necessitate that we begin garden work only a month before the students leave for summer recess. Along with supplies for our greenhouse, we are seeking resources for appropriately (kid)-sized tools; hoses to bring water to the greenhouse; and for seeds. The funds requested will be one-time investments which will continue to serve the school and broader community in future years without any additional financial support.

This year we will be learning how to save seeds in the spirit of the Sow it Forward grant so that even the cost of seed does not need to be factored into future budgets!

Where it's at:

6 Leaning Rd.
Essex, NY 12936
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

children and food insecure people

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What this project needs:

watering hose

Project leaders:

Dillon Klepetar
Kelly McQuade

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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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