Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Garden
The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) Garden strives to: 1- provide valuable work and volunteer experiences to local youth and adults, 2- provide education in horticulture and composting, and 3- provide freshly grown produce to our farm stand while still donating a significant amount to volunteers and a local soup kitchen.
Our garden is planned, planted and tended primarily by local youth. Middle and high school students spend the early spring deciding what will be planted and where and starting seedlings they will later plant in the raised beds. These 30 students work with us to learn how the garden works, how to grow food and how to teach others these skills. During the summer months a group of 4 high school interns maintain the garden and work the Friends' farm stands where they lead cooking demonstrations utilizing our produce. Through sharing their skills and knowledge the benefits of our garden go beyond just them to the hundreds of community members that stop by the stand each week.
During 2013 FVCP grew 300 pounds of vegetables and herbs with 200 pounds being donated to volunteers and a local soup kitchen. Those who work in our site are able to taste fresh grown produce. Most of the youth involved in the project have never been exposed to how their food grows and some have never tasted or even heard of some of the vegetable we grow. Donating the food grown adds an additional level of gratification for those who work, and work very hard on hot sunny days, in our garden and allows the benefit of our garden to reach out to those who can not physically be here. The Marble Hill Community Center feeds elderly, food insecure community members each week and our donation supplements what they have.
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