Garden of Plenty at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School has a new school garden with a thriving community garden component. Community gardeners pay a small fee which helps sustain the garden and they tend the school plots during the summer months when school is not in session. Students plant the school garden plots in the spring at Field Day—they rotate through stations where they might play with hula hoops or do the limbo or plant a seed! Each grade has a project--a popcorn garden, a salsa garden, a pesto garden--and they harvest the food in the fall when they return. This past November, as we were packing boxes to donate to hungry families for Thanksgiving meals, we realized that we have this great resource that was underused—a large garden growing fresh vegetables. Why were we donating boxes of mashed potatoes and cans of squash when we could be giving them real potatoes and squash—along with turnips and greens and herbs and easy-to-prepare recipes? Our Sow-It-Forward project is to build a “Garden of Plenty”, four new raised beds to feed hungry families in the school. The garden will be planted and tended by the 5th grade since they will not be returning in the fall to enjoy their harvest. We hope to be able to feed families through the growing season—peas and greens in the spring; tomatoes, peppers and green beans during the summer; and a Thanksgiving harvest in the fall. This will not only benefit the families who receive this food, but also the 5th grade gardeners who will acquire the life skills involved in growing one’s own food and the satisfaction derived from helping others.
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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