Kapowsin PTA Giving Garden and Fruit Forest
If you can’t find us in our classrooms, chances are we are out in the Kapowsin PTA Giving Garden and Fruit Forest, getting busy and hard at work!
Our organic garden consists of:
- 10 raised beds for vegetables totaling 1,000 square feet
- Another 1,000 square foot orchard of fruit trees, vines, berries, rhubarb, and flowers
- A demonstration container garden (buckets, cardboard boxes, recycled storage boxes and window panes etc)
- A composting station
- Four student built worm bins
- 30’ arbor that is being built to support our kiwi vines.
Our recess gardening program, has involved hundreds of students who grow and donate the produce to local students/families in need, the student body, and to the Harvest House Food Bank. We are entering our fourth year, have proven our ability to sustain our efforts, and with your help, we can add another 96 square foot raised bed!
Our mission is to combat feelings of hopelessness and poverty while increasing self-confidence and self-sufficiency by showing kids and families that they can grow some of their own food, even if they only have a bucket full of soil. In addition, our garden helps raise self-esteem, build community spirit and pride, and instills a sense of social responsibility, environmental awareness, and a love of gardening.
Our garden means much more than learning how to grow one's own groceries. Children who have worked in the garden have been able to practice their social skills, make new friends, and have an alternate recess activity. The garden has provided a healing place for kids who are angry, sad, or grieving. Last but not least, our garden program provides a fun, cooperative, and team oriented activity.
To quote one student who was having a grumpy morning: “Wow, working out here makes me feel better!!”
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