Healing Gardens Cooperative
The Healing Gardens Cooperative was set up to advance the knowledge and application of organic, ecologically sustainable and environmentally sensitive gardening and small-holding practices and production. It is has an open membership. Children and people of all ages can participate in growing vegetables and regenerating wildlife niches. It provides benefits of organic food, relaxation and communing with nature to both those that want to join the Cooperative, or to come as a day visitor.
The Gardens consist of 3 large circular beds arranged as a mandala with woodchip paths. These are our main growing areas with vegetables, herbs and flowers planted as companions to maximally benefit each other, together supporting the birds and bees and other beneficial insects. We also have a large soft fruit area and an orchard which we are developing into a forest garden. There is a childrens area for the young ones to create their own garden and participate in activities such as scarecrow making, willow building and making their own play area. We have a coboven built by the children using clay from the spring. There is also a beehive and chickens. The gardens are watered from the two freshwater springs, which are also taken care of as wild life areas. We have bird and bat boxes and wildplants growing.
We also benefit the wider local community by selling off our surplus produce to needy families in the community as well as inviting them to workshops teaching them how to grow food.
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