Garden of Youth
~~For The Children Inc. (FTC) is a nonprofit organization located in the City of Lake Worth since 1999 to present. The target community encompasses Lake Worth, especially the community surrounding downtown Lake Worth and the adjacent residential areas to the North and West. The focus is on families with children in the low socio-economic range. Resident families, predominantly of moderate to low income, ethnically and culturally diverse, may speak English, Creole, French, Mayan dialect or Spanish. This area is also characterized by a high percentage of residents who are African-American and immigrants with limited English proficiency (LEP). We serve a total of 237 children ages 3-18 in four after school programs, and majority of the students come from Title I schools.
The mission of the Garden of Youth is to promote education, health and wellness by connecting children to the natural world. The Garden of Youth provides a safe place for youth to explore gardening, nature and community through formal programming or informal participation. The Garden of Youth offers a shared place for all ages can acquire and share knowledge related to gardening, cooking, nutrition and health. The garden exposes young people and surrounds community residents to gardening and nature, give them the opportunity to do some of their own gardening and/or educate children in a variety of subject areas.
The students share garden responsibilities, and make weekly visits to the garden to water, weed and touch, taste and learn about the food they are growing. The students chose what vegetables they wanted to grow, they helped build and plant the raised bed gardens. They have been seen eating fresh vegetables straight from the garden, even though they had previously stated that they didn't like vegetables. That in itself is a success.
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