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How's It Growing?

How’s it Growing? is an urban teen gardening project. Teens grow vegetables, herbs and fruits. Attractive vegetable beds were built in 2013 in collaboration with a Master Gardener, Norfolk police officer, a professional artist and an engineer.  American Community Gardening Association states that gardening can be about: community, health, ecology and beautification.  Our garden project encompasses all of these factors. The objective for How’s it Growing? is to conceive, construct, nurture and harvest an urban garden while journaling about the experience and personal growth process. The project brings together teens and community members while promoting healthy eating this garden project also planted a different seed.  Growing their own food inspired a mind-shift in these budding urban gardeners.  Teens transform from mere consumers to producers!  These young people began exploring the roll of producers who are responsible for and capable of sustaining life, caring for the earth and providing food for themselves and for others.   This process opened the door to entrepreneurship.  They built the garden from start to finish in every aspect.  In 2013, at the beginning of each day, teens were given the opportunity to work in the community garden at the Vivian C Mason Teen Center.  Alternating between planting, watering, and weeding, sessions occur amid gardening time and personal growth time. Teens met in small groups to discuss and journal on HOW’S IT GROWING where the focus is on the things in their lives that they want to; plant (add), water (develop) or weed (take out) in their lives.  The goals for the garden are to enhance community relations, health, ecology, urban beautification and personal growth for youth. The goal in 2014 is to expand the garden to encompass for land at the Teen Center.

Where it's at:

700 E. Olney Road
Norfolk, VA 23504
United States

Garden type:

community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

at-risk youth and families

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What this project needs:

fruit bushes
watering hose
garden cart

Project leaders:

Michelle Sims
Deirdre Love

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