Green S.P.A.R.K. School Garden
We started the school garden at Whittemore Park Middle School in Conway, SC in the spring of 2013, as part of our youth program Green S.P.A.R.K. (Shaping Potential and Reaching Kids). The purpose of the program and the garden is to teach kids about where food comes from, nutrition and healthy eating. The produce harvested over the summer was donated to The Shepherd's Table (a local soup kitchen).
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.
Our goal is to continue what we started and build upon it. We would love to be able to compost some of the food waste from the school kitchen and eventually use some of the harvest in the kitchen.
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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