Crider Health Center's Family Assistant Garden
“A Place To Grow” Crider Health Center’s Family Assistant Garden
The Family Assistant Garden is an excellent example of Crider Health Center’s vision and mission.The garden hopes to encourage and help provide a full, productive, healthy life for everyone along with building resilience and promoting health through community partnerships.
The Family Assistant Garden was founded in 2010 by the Family Assistant team and the Partnership with Families program. The Family Assistant works closely with youth, assisting them to identify and reach personal goals; such as improving peer relationships, improving social skills, and improving self-esteem. Seeds and a portion of soil were donated by a local business and other supplies were purchased with donations from Crider employees. Each year the garden has grown in size and popularity. Additions last year include a second raised bed, more fencing, driftwood trellises, a gate, and containers for additional planting.
The goal of the Family Assistant Garden is to enrich the lives of those who participate by providing hands on experiences and free, organic food. At-risk youth, ages 5 through 18, participate during each part of the gardening process. Youth that help take home the fruits of their labor and the fruits of someone else’s labor. Clients learn about positive peer interaction, following a series of directions to reach one’s goal, healthy food choices, the benefits of a healthy diet on one’s mental health, and how to grow fresh food. Knowledge gained in the garden setting can then be applied outside of the garden when clients are at home, school, or in the community. The garden provides a platform for discussion and education with childre, youth and their families. Groups of children and teens step into this outdoor classroom to interact and learn with each other while eating fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.
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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