Herron High School Garden Club
Herron High School is a charter school and a second home to our 701 students, 35% of whom qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Herron Garden Club started in 2010 with a partnership with the Indiana Humanities Council and Growing Places Indy in order to involve students in the joy of growing their own food in raised beds behind the Humanities Council. It is clear that this intensive experience with food influenced these first students: graduates of this first garden club have gone on to start and run gardens on their college campuses, have collected surplus food from supermarkets to feed their neighbors,and have volunteered on farms around the country and Indiana. Recently a local summer camp donated raised beds we so can begin growing on our own inner-city campus. The plots are located near a much trafficked area, so we hope that this will expand the visibility and encourage participation by more students and community members.
In Marion County, where Herron is located, 22% of public school students between the ages of 5-18 are overweight with another 18% at risk of being overweight. 32.8 % of all children under 18 in Marion County are in poverty, and Herron is located in one of the most impoverished zip codes in Marion County, with a poverty rate of 29.8% (Data Source: SAVI Community Information System). A garden on our grounds thus provides healthy food for free in an area where healthy food is needed.
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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