Green Thumbs involves children in the Nursery and After School Program in gardening projects on the raised bed roof garden. We are planning to revive a garden that has been unused for the past few years.
The growing of flowering plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables will teach growing cycles and offer the children of Washington Heights a rare opportunity to get their hands dirty.
Working with a trained horticultural specialist, the children are introduced to the relationship between plants and the environment and their role in respecting the environment on an age appropriate level. Children will study different variations of seeds, raise worms, explore composting, and learn about their roles in sustaining gardens. They will be involved in the all stages of growing from germination, to water/weeding to harvesting. During the winter months, activities continue with indoor planting, garden based craft projects and in preparation for the growing season (such as newspaper pot or seed tape creation).
Produce will be shared with the nutrition site of Center For Adults Living Well and integrated into their lunch menus when possible or used to decorate their tables. Members of the Center for Adults Living Well will be encouraged to volunteer to care for the roof garden with the children.
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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