New Dawn Community Garden
New Dawn Community Garden is a celebration of produce, people, pollinators and partners in its seventh year of growth! Over the years, the garden has been a welcoming space for people, butterflies, bees, animals and growing ideas. The garden has been home to many collaborations including 350.org- Dot of Change Day and 10/10/10 celebrations, Mt St Rita resident’s planting days in the garden’s raised bed, a “garden to salad” day with the Sophia Academy, local Girl Scouts growing food for local food pantries to raising food for the local homeless shelter, and more. The garden is a one of the ways that Mercy Ecology at New Dawn fulfills its mission to instill reverence for Earth and to work towards sustainability of life by acting in harmony with all creation. Health care residents on nature walks walk by and enjoy the work of the gardeners and volunteers. Many people have benefited from the garden including children, families, community garden growers, seniors, food pantries and the local homeless shelter. The garden is the outdoor classroom for educational programs for children, students and adults through New Dawn’s public, school and scout programs.
The garden’s goal is to provide a place where all can become more aware of our place among the wider community of life including insects, plants and animals. It is designed to provide members of the local community a space to grow some of our own food, and to educate students and families to rejoice in the natural cycles of growing in- season vegetables and herbs. We aim to create a space where humans can be in relationship with Earth and thereby nurture their own spirit. Community garden growers and volunteers are vital to maintaining the diversity of the garden for themselves and for those who join us for garden programs.
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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