Kids Cafe Garden 2014
The Urban Mission has been serving Oklahomans in need for over 40 years. We have many programs that benefit our community, but one of our very favorites is working with the children in our Kid’s Café Garden. The garden is an extension of our SPARK and Kid’s Café after school programs. Kid’s Café and Kid’s Café Garden are meant to provide nutritious food and nutrition education for low income children in our community. The children learn about gardening, how to read and prepare recipes, and they gain experiences in horticulture that can only be obtained by working in the garden. We have raised beds for vegetables and flowers, and a shade garden with ‘kid friendly’ areas to read books or play.
The compost bins help the children understand how the organic matter aids the soil for the gardens. Each spring, the children plant the beds with seeds and plants and then help with watering, fertilizing, and weeding; the end results are then harvested and used in preparing meals in the Kid’s Café or given to families in need. The garden is also used for special events and for several of our parenting classes.
The overall goal for the Kid’s Café Garden is to build a strong bond of understanding between the children and the earth. The Mission believes that if we teach children the joys of gardening they will learn to love it and be able to teach others the many bounties that can be reaped from it for years to come. The Urban Mission has close ties with volunteer gardening organizations that will help mentor the children and through grant support such as ‘Sow It Forward’ we will keep our garden thriving for a long time.
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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