IncrEdible Knowledge Learning Garden
Our garden has several important purposes: introducing “at risk” students to growing food, teaching them about healthy food choices, and encouraging good citizenship through donating food to those who have less. We use this garden daily/weekly to teach students science content, social studies, and personal responsibility. Our school has students mainly from low socioeconomic households. Some of these students are seeing food grow for the first time. It is so touching when they have that “eureka” moment about how all this is happening, and they share it with their friends. Our garden has provided many opportunities for the students to gain a bank of knowledge via hands on learning. They have become experts in finding cabbage worms! We have fall and winter vegetables growing and did not even let the cold snap stop us from benefitting from our investment in tomatoes. The plants all suffered greatly two weeks ago, and we had to pull them. This was not before we collected a harvest of three pounds of green tomatoes and gave them to two needy families (along with a recipe) within our school’s population. We planned to begin our garden’s giving with our own needy students and any overflow will benefit Abraham’s Tent, a local soup kitchen, and that is just what is happening. With continued support and improvement, we will be doing so much more with this garden. How far-reaching this could be is hard to tell, but we have already touched two families. That is a pretty good start. We are lucky to have a professional gardener working with our students and Teachers along the way.
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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