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Gabriella's Garden

Please note:  The Free School is featured from 2:17-3:17 in video above.

Gabriella's Garden is a project of The Free School, the longest running inner city independent school in the country.  The garden is located behind our school and the students have access to it from our backyard.  The garden is visible and accessible to the public from two streets as it sits on a corner.  

One goal of our garden it to engage students in the growing process from seed to lunch.  As part of this goal we plan to provide 2-3 home grown veg options a week during peak harvest times in our food program. Also within this goal we want to extend our growing season with the addition of cold frames and low tunnels.  

Secondly, we want to provide community youth access to an urban garden, where they can participate and have utilize the same resources as the youth who attend The Free School.  We are partnering with GSCA, a local arts organization to do after school programing starting in the in the spring of 2014.  We also want to offer the space for birthday parties, community meetings and have a monthly outdoor movie night. 

Our third main goal is to create a space of healing and warmth for the garden's inspiration Gabriella Alverez Grimes.   Gabbi left us on her first birthday February 18, 2013.  Her family is deeply connected to the school and has requested that this space be dedicated to love, life and remembrance of her beauty and laughter. There will be a mural and dedication ceremony in the spring of 2014.  

Our final goal is to provide educational opportunities for youth around issues of social justice, specifically food justice and food systems in relation to economics, poverty, race and accessibility.  



Where it's at:

4 Wilbur
Albany, NY 12202
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

children and families

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What this project needs:

volunteer labor
fruit bushes
gardening books
watering hose

Project leaders:

Deirdre Kelly
Lilibeth Grimes

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