Green Thumb Club Food Garden and Seed Sharing Project
Completely Kids-RASA is an after school program with 150 participants. We serve an average of 93 students between 2:40 and 5:30 pm each school day. 95% of our student population is at risk due to low socio-economic status, receiving free or reduced lunch. Our program provides a free, safe and highly structured after-school site with quality nutrition, tutoring and enrichment education through a variety of clubs and programs. Our Green Thumb Club is one of our enrichment clubs. Green Thumb Club (with the two teacher sponsors from our building) maintains a large raised bed food garden from early pre-season in March to post-season in mid-November. During this season the food garden provides nutrition, science and self-sufficiency education to students in our program. The students also learn the importance of community, working together and giving back. The food grown in the garden is given to students at Norris and the families of RASA students.
Completely Kids-RASA has been at our school for 4 years, but our food garden was built over 6 years ago by another community group. Originally the food garden was built with scrap lumber, a donated fence and donated compost. In the last three years Green Thumb Club students and teacher-sponsors have worked hard to maintain the food garden from pre-season to post season, seeking in-kind donations of tools, mulch, soil and seeds. But though our food garden is well loved, it is also well used and in dire need of maintenance and upgrades. All of our raised beds have basic maintenance that needs to be done. Several of our raised beds have lumber which is breaking apart, and many have already rotted completely.
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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