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Ellen's Garden @ Bet Yeladim

When we moved to our new space 5 years ago we had a hill with grass on it. It was the only natural space our new sorroundings provided. Our grassy knoll has become a  hill of dirt and sand with most living things (except an ocassional earth worm or pill bug) removed. Our goal for this space has always been to have a place where children are encouraged to explore how many living organism including people interact and thrive.

Ellen's Garden has been designed to perpetuate this goal. It is a place where we as a community have made plans for  the children to take part in sowing, caring and harvesting foods that we can eat and share with the sorrounding community. We are in walking proximity to our local food bank and while the children have had opprtunities to donate bought food, we believe the children would benefit from the hard work growing food entails. The food bank accepts perishables and we plan to share.

We are a Jewish school. Religion is an abstract idea for young children. In an egocentric world children believe everything revolves around them. Ellen's Garden is intended to give the children the chance to understand everyone needs help and success, as well as failure, are joint efforts. Taking care of a community involves a lot of people and each person has a role to play. As the food part of our garden begins to produce the children will have a chance to make some of the items crucial to religous celebrations and share those items with others. 

Ellen's Garden is intended grow and supply nourishment to all who visit. The nourishment it will supply is necessary for the mind, body and soul.

Where it's at:

8910 Route 108
Suite D
Columbia, MD 21045
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:

expert technical assistance
gardening books
garden cart
compost bin

Project leaders:

Debbie Manneville
Jodi Fishman

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
(207) 956-0606