Kirkpatrick Elementary CouGarden
Appreciate, Collaborate, Educate, Nurture
Through these four themes, our garden will take our community from being food insecure to one that has empowered, informed citizens.
Our garden will be located on a 600 square foot tract of land located immediately next to our school playground. It will also be visible from the government housing that a majority of our students come from.
Our main goal is for our students to develop an appreciation of where food comes from and to learn about plant biology and life science. We want them to learn how to grow food and nourish the earth. We want our students to nurture each other, our neighborhood, and our community. Our garden will be the catalyst.
Much of the food that our students eat comes from a nearby gas station or other convenience store. Our community is a food desert with limited access to grocery stores, let alone fresh, organic, nutritional food. We want our students to develop an appreciation and passion for this food and then expand these experiences to the community at large.
Our students and their families will be the primary beneficiaries of the garden. The process of planting and tending, and the actual products yielded will be two distinct benefits of the garden, not to mention the team work and social skills our students will also gain. Secondary beneficiaries will be the community members that live in close proximity to our garden. Our garden will symbolize growth, health, and a sustainable lifestyle and will provide fresh, green, healthy food to people who cannot access it otherwise.
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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3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA