The David School Kitchen Garden Expansion
The David School is set in the hills of eastern Kentucky in an old coal camp of the same name. It provides an opportunity for teenagers who have fallen through the cracks to complete high school and graduate. It is a work school where the students are also the cleaning and cooking staff. They have a very small raised bed garden where the produce grown, harvested and prepared by the students supplements their school lunch program. This project will expand and upgrade their garden by adding two more raised beds and a drip irrigation system.
Science teacher, Anna Spittler, explains how expanding the garden program will help the school.
“In addition to the financial benefit of generating food for our lunch program, the students will benefit both physically and psychologically by tending the garden and academically by using the garden as a lab in science, math and shop class.
Most of our students enjoy working with their hands and solving problems by doing an activity rather than filling out worksheets and taking quizzes. These are country boys and girls who are not afraid to dig in the dirt. With hands-on projects, they experience it take shape and become something tangible. They take great pride in showing off what they can create, especially if it helps the people they care about. Many of them come from low-income, broken homes and struggle to find positive ways to express themselves. The garden is a 'constant' in which they can channel their energy.”
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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