Garden at the Shelter
Sustain Mid Maine Coalition's Local Foods Team has started community gardens in three area communities as well as at the Alfond Youth Center. The pictures are of the Alfond Youth Garden (an after-school childcare facility) that we started in 2011. Next our volunteers would like to follow the Kids Can Grow Program to start a garden at the Mid Maine Homeless Shelter. The goal is to teach residents at the shelter how to garden, so they can use their skills when they get their housing vouchers. All of the produce would go to the shelter residents. A secondary goal is to provide healthy food for the residents. We have several master gardeners who would serve as instructors for this project from construction through harvesting. The instructors will assist the residents with the tasks required to maintain a thriving garden. Additionally, we will offer cooking lessons to accompany the seasonal produce. Students from the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences as well as shelter residents will build the raised-bed garden plots using our successful template. The garden will be managed by the Project Manager for Growing Maine Center for Farm-to-Table Innovation at Kennebec Valley Community College.
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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