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Farmers in the Playground

Farmers in the Playground is proudly in its 3rd year, mentoring students building their own food gardens in their schoolyards. This program is in great demand; however, we currently run 3 full day programs at 3 separate schools in our region. We wish we could do more or expand more quickly but we are confident, in due time, that every school in Muskoka will be raising their own food while beautifying their schools, building confidence and learning about "real" food. The curriculum we have developed is 75% in the dirt and 25% in the kitchen each day. Approx. 30 children, plus staff and volunteers participate while the full school gets to enjoy the positive energy, growing gardens and full school lunch's that our "little farmers" prepare themselves. We have a farm/culinary educator, a master gardener and an holistic nutritionist on our team and the full scale salad bars the students create are out of this world! The feedback from staff and parents is phenominal, with most of the students telling us this is their favorite day of each week! Our goal with this particular funding is to obtain 25 Haskap Berry bushes, perrenial rhubarb and asperagus crowns and build a raised box, 200 sq'. We would be expanding on a 240 sq' garden but due to the northern clime, would like to start a perennial fruit garden. The wonderful thing about Haskaps, besides their Northern hardiness, is that they are June bearing (perfect for the school year) and a mature plant can grow up to 5-7 kg of delicious fruit per plant. The asperagus and rhubarb will also serve as excellent food sources due to the harvest timing. We would also use this funding to purchase resource material and the lumber and soil needed to build the raised garden box. 

Where it's at:

2510 Hwy 592 N
Emsdale, ON P0A 1J0

Garden type:

school/youth garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

children and families

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What this project needs:

fruit bushes
gardening books

Project leaders:

Kelli Ebbs
Colette Lalonde

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