PSD School Gardens
For the 2014 growing season, The Growing Project (TGP) is partnering with Poudre School District to launch and develop a school garden program. The goals of this program are 1) to create an engaging, experiential, learning environment, 2) to increase awareness of healthy foods and our local food system, and 3) to increase more time spent outside by participants.
TGP will be working with Lincoln Middle School to develop a model of garden programming and maintenance that is easily transferred to other schools. Weekly workshops will be conducted by TGP staff and volunteers with the after school program and interested classes throughout the school year. Depending on the season, classes will be held both inside and outside. Students will learn about our local/industrial food system, how to plant and maintain a garden and will gain important knowledge in cooking and nutrition.
The Growing Project will also be collaborating with other community organization and local food growers to make the program more dynamic and informative. During the summer TGP will be working with the local nonprofit Sproutin' Up, a summer time program that offers free farmers markets in low-income neighborhoods and teaches under-served young people gardening skills. Many of the youth that participate in this program attend Lincoln Middle School. This group will use and maintain the school garden for their summer programming and use the food in their free farmers markets in low-income areas.
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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