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Mooseheart Community Garden

Mooseheart was a self-sustaining food producing farm, raising all vegetables, fruit, meat, and dairy products.  Due to the growth of the area and suburban sprawl, it was not cost effective to continue such operations.  We have a 5,000 sq.ft. greenhouse in great shape that sits unused that we hope to resurrect for the planting of seedlings for the garden.  We have approximately 10,000 sq. ft. plot of land adjacent to the greenhouse with access to water in which all or part can be used for the Mooseheart Community Garden.   Our goal is to utilize the extraordinary resources that we already have in place so that the land can be used to benefit not only the children but the entire Mooseheart Community.

Mooseheart is a residential childcare facility and school for over 200 disadvantaged and at risk children up to age 18. The children live in family homes many of which reside at Mooseheart year round. Family homes are run by family teachers who act as their immediate care providers/parents providing a home-like atmosphere which includes cooking meals and doing chores.  During the summer months, the plan includes opportunities for the children, family teachers and volunteers to maintain the garden.

The objectives of the Mooseheart Community Garden:

  • Build an understanding of and respect for the environment by providing opportunities for hands-on learning, observation, and experimentation through planning, monitoring growth, monitoring weather conditions, composting waste, and harvesting.
  • Motivate both adults and children to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables that they themselves have grown to increase the consumption of more nutritional food choices
  • Promote physical activity and outdoor experiences by maintaining the garden.
  • Since many of our children come from unstructured home environments with minimal supervision, we will teach children to nurture and care for other living things while developing patience and perseverance.

Where it's at:

155 S. International Dr.
Mooseheart, IL 60539
United States

Garden type:

community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

at-risk youth and children

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What this project needs:

expert technical assistance
community garden creation guidance
volunteer labor
gardening books
compost bin

Project leaders:

Sara Harms
Pam Amundsen

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