Kingswood Urban Garden
Kingswood Community Center Urban Garden is nurtured and maintained by a team of several people. The garden professional is Ms. Sindhu Siva. Ms. Siva graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Animal Sciences. Ms. Sindhu is working for West End Neighborhood as the Supervisor and farm manager for the Bright Spot Ventures program (BSV), a social enterprise program managed by current and former foster care youth.
Ms. Sindhu, her team from BSV, along with Kingswood staff and youth began working on January 15, 2013 to help plan, prepare and maintain our garden. The youth took great pride in working on the garden. Several fruits and vegetable were planted such strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes, egg plants, hot peppers, potatoes and more.
Kingswood Urban Garden program’s provides a space for people to connect with each other and with their food. The goal of the the garden is to strengthen the community ties and increase food security and resiliency by providing both the means and the skills to grow nutritious food. Urban areas such as Wilmington, Delaware are home to many people of all ages who benefit greatly from having the gardening program.
Kingswood Community Center has added an educational program for youth groups. The addition of a youth gardening program greatly benefits and complements the existing after-school and summer programming conducted by the center. The center developed an educational curriculum that formed the backbone of last year’s pilot garden-based educational summer program. This program aims to teach youth about biology and natural systems and foster a sense of stewardship, in addition to increasing their confidence gardening using ecologically sound practices through hands-on experience at all stages of the cultivation process. This program will help empower youth to make healthier decisions about what they eat.
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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