The Garden Project, Ashland
Oregon Child Development Coalition is a state-wide Migrant Head Start program. Since 2007 OCDC has promoted The Garden Project as one of its major initiatives. The goal of the project is the creation of Learning Gardens at all 20 OCDC centers in Oregon.
OCDC is excited to start a new garden for our Pre-School and Migrant Education children in the Ashland/Medford area of southern Oregon.We work with low income, high-risk families.This will be the first exposure to planting, growing and harvesting produce for most of our children.Along with the fun of getting dirty, our garden will provide new and different forms of engagement for children. As the children work in and watch their garden grow they will learn valuable life lessons about teamwork, patience as they wait for the vegetables to grow and responsibility as they learn how necessary it is for them to care for their garden.It will provide a positive way to enhance their science and math skills, as well as being able to create art and stories about their garden.These skills will aid them in their school readiness.Our program will be beneficial to parents as well, introducing them to foods they have never tried, as well as helping them to make more nutritious choices for their family.One of our goals is to get parents more involved in their children’s education, which greatly increases a student’s achievement.Our school garden will also enable the children to better relate to the work that their parents do.
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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