Growing Together: The Education Gardens at Stone Point
Expanding upon an existing Master Gardener demonstration plot at Stone Point Gardens, the Winona community’s seven largest institutions, working together as Sustain Winona ( www.sustainwinona.org) - will develop a much larger initiative, dubbed the Education Gardens at Stone Point. Over the last two years Master Gardeners have grown produce utilizing Sentence to Serve volunteers and Project FINE students, resulting in one ton of food being donated to local food pantries and organizations offering free meals. We seek to triple food production to three tons, while also educating our K-12 students on how to grow fresh food and building social connections within the community.
Through an already-agreed upon partnership with the Winona Public Schools, gardening education will be added to the 7th grade math curriculum in the planning and design of gardens, and to the science curriculum in the growing and planting of seedlings. The same students, returning in the fall as 8th graders, will harvest their produce and continue with science instruction. Volunteer organizations from across the community, including Miller Mentoring, the After-school Activities Program and community volunteers have agreed to maintain the garden over the summer months. For both the students and the public, Master Gardeners will conduct education sessions throughout the year on integrated pest management and other horticultural best practices.
The goals of the Education Gardens are to increase access to fresh local produce, build gardening capacity through research- based education, provide healthy out-of-doors experiences for young and old, and build strong community connections.
These goals will be accomplished by involving 15+ local organizations with the Education Gardens, resulting in 250+ individuals improving their gardening skills, and by the growing and harvesting 6,000+ pounds of food to be share with local food pantries and organizations providing prepared meals to the food insecure.
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.
Join our mailing list:
Connect with us:
Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA