Port Resources Community Garden
Port Resources Community Gardens Overview:
Port Resources Community Garden Project provides people with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges an opportunity to gain the lifelong skill of gardening. The community garden project provides many opportunities for social and recreational activity and networking through connections with community members, local businesses, staff and volunteers. The gardens provide an opportunity for people served to experience the joy of gardening and sharing the harvest.
Our gardens provide a healthy produce at minimal cost and help support our group homes. Longer term the community gardens project strives to further develop community awareness and name recognition of Port Resources by eventually participating in public markets and through marketing special products such as salsa and pickles. We currently produce a Bread and Butter pickle that is distributed to our volunteers and board members in recognition of their service.
How the Community Gardens Provide Life-Skills:
- Practical skills: Gardening is a skill our clients learn through participation in our community garden project. They can then transfer their new-found gardening knowledge and skill to other gardening opportunities at home and in the community. For all participating clients gardening becomes an interest and hobby to be enjoyed throughout their lives.
- Social and Collaborative Skills: Cultivating and tending to a garden as part of a group is a terrific experiential opportunity for our clients to learn team-building and collaborative decision making skills. These skills transfer to many other life-situations for our clients. The sharing and gifting is an important element to their social development.
- Confidence Building: People with developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues often lack confidence in themselves to be successful. Going through the gardening process from sowing to growing provides an opportunity for our clients to experience the satisfaction and achievement of seeing the fruits of their labors first-hand.
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.
Join our mailing list:
Connect with us:
Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA