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Growing Kids Garden

The Growing Kids Garden began at the Children Museum & Theatre in 2010 as a place for families to learn how to grow their own food. Year-round, we teach visitors of all ages (with a focus on children aged 0-10) how to grow sustainable fruits and vegetables in an urban environment, prepare and enjoy their harvest, and better understand the garden ecosystem.

We would like to expand our current reach by starting a Growing Kids Garden Club, designed to engage homeless and low-income families in the ongoing care and ownership of the Growing Kids Garden. We will target families with children between the ages of 2 and 10 years, though any age will be welcome. Beginning the first week of May and running through the last week of September, the Garden Club will invite families to volunteer every Sunday from 3-4pm helping with tasks like planting, watering, and weeding. Families who volunteer will not be required to pay admission and are welcome to stay and play in the museum from 4-5pm immediately following the Garden Club meetings. We hope to foster long-term participation and a sense of ownership in the garden among families who are underrepresented at the Museum & Theatre. To reach these populations, we will recruit from the Portland Family Shelter, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities Maine and similar organizations who serve at-risk and disenfranchised families.

Garden Club members will learn valuable gardening skills, including how to grow sustainable fruits and vegetables in an urban environment. They will also take home produce from the garden, along with suggested recipes. Perhaps most importantly, Garden Club members will cultivate a sense of ownership in the garden and the food they’ve grown – an integral component of a healthy relationship with food and nutrition.

Where it's at:

142 Free Street
Portland, ME 04101
United States

Garden type:

demonstration/education garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

children and families

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What this project needs:

fruit bushes

Project leaders:

Jamie Andrew
Rosanne Alexandre-Leach

About us:

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
(207) 956-0606