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Michelson Garden

Michelson Garden was founded by a group of community members in 2008 on our elementary school campus. The founders recognized how profoundly time in the garden could impact students at the school as well as others in our community. Since its inception, the garden has benefited from donations made by individuals and local businesses as well as many hours donated by volunteers. In our first 5 years we have built up great infrastructure. We have a green house and tool shed. Our garden is surrounded by deer fencing. An assortment of tools from rototiller to hand tools in both adult and child sizes have been donated. A nearby farm frequently supplies us with starts and advice. Because our community is small, many people have come to feel invested in our project. In an after school garden club launched this fall, over 20 volunteers from the community contributed to our success week after week. Through this program, 40 kids ages 3 to 11 have spent time in the garden weekly learning cooperation, hard work, patience, nurturing, growth, and gratitude. Beyond the concrete lessons that the garden offers those willing to observe plant and critter life-cycles, with support of school administrators our garden is offering an environment for people of all ages in our community to contribute their gifts and to learn from one another. After relying heavily on a few dedicated individuals who generously performed the bulk of the work to be done in the founding stages, we feel that the success of our next phase will come from making light work through many hands with the efforts of a greater number of people taking on the daily responsibilities of maintaining a vibrant garden. We feel that we are off to a great start for the 2014 growing season.

Where it's at:

196 Pennsylvania Gulch Rd
Murphys, CA 95247
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

Garden size (in square feet):


Garden beneficiaries:

children and children

Number of people reached:


What this project needs:

volunteer labor
fruit bushes
fruit trees
watering hose
irrigation system
compost bin

Project leaders:

K Trent
Tim Smith

About us:

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
(207) 956-0606