Growing Power, Girl Power
Miss Mary’s Wellness and Community Garden was established in 2010 in the Riverside neighborhood in Indianapolis, Indiana through a grant with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Its purpose is to teach gardening to better food access, add beautification to the location, and provide wellness activities to increase physical activities for the neighbors in the community.
“Growing Power, Girl Power” is a new 7 week program geared toward the implementation of the 7 Dimensions of Wellness Program to school aged girls with an emphasis on the environmental health dimension. Our 7 Dimensions of Wellness Programs teach the participant to be proactive in their health needs in the areas of physical, emotional, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, occupational, and social health. The goal is for girls to develop self-efficacy skills for better health outcomes. Our project with partner with Indianapolis Public School #42 (neighborhood based school), Girls Scouts of Central Indiana, and the Riverside Family Center, a part of Indy Parks.
- Girls will spend four weeks (90 minutes twice per week) with classroom instruction learning wellness skills and three weeks at the garden space learning gardening 101.
- The program will have a garden bed designated for its program educational needs. The participants will plant and cultivate the bed.
- Participants will be encouraged to volunteer at the garden during regular garden workdays.
- The garden space currently as 10 garden beds, a composting bin, and a recycling bin.
Each girl will be engaged in learning the impact of having access to fresh fruits and vegetables on their bodies and their families. They will take a look at access to quality food and wellness activities in their own neighborhood and walk away with a better understanding of why gardening as a part of being healthy is important.
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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