Kids Grow! is a student and volunteer-led project affiliated with the CCEL (Centre for Community Engaged Learning) at the University of Calgary that implements children’s gardening activities into two existing community gardens in the City of Calgary: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Garden and Silver Springs Community Garden. The main goal of this nonprofit project is to involve children in community gardening, to increase gardening and food production knowledge and to promote healthy and sustainable food choices. Kids Grow! is a fairly new project that has been running since 2012. We have partnered with the community gardens to provide children and their families with the opportunity to build a sense of community while increasing their knowledge about the environment, gardening and food through community experts as well as building a support network and awareness around the importance of healthy eating and food production knowledge for the younger generation. The Kids Grow! team works closely with the corresponding community centers, garden members, the CCEL and the greater Calgary community of garden and food enthusiasts to provide free drop-in weekly events that align with our integral value of providing access to programming regardless of socio-economic status and background. Our project also values the importance of providing a connection between academics and the community. Ongoing students are conducting research at the University of Calgary to ensure that the program is effective in terms of community outreach, funding opportunities, inclusive education and programming methods to ensure overall success. Beneficiaries of this project include volunteers as they develop skills for the organization and facilitation of events, acquiring supplies and funding and community outreach as well as the children and families who attend the events and all other community members involved.
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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