Shelter School Garden
Our garden is 10’x20’. We have it in the yard near the school and we grew tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, dill, green beans, red beats and marigolds. The students ages 12-17 helped to plow the field plant the seeds and tended to the garden on a daily basis. Our other team members are the teachers and the educational coordinator. The vegetables that are grown are given to the kitchen manager and he incorporates them into the meals for the students.
Our goal in this garden project is to teach the students how to use the resources we have available to us. Some of these students have never planted anything in their lives. The students get a feeling of self worth and are learning so many skills in the process. The ultimate goal is to have these at risk students’ experience hands-on learning, become actively involved in their studies and to appreciate the world and its resources.
We offer engaging lessons in science, math and nutrition from our experiences in the garden. The students seem to retain more and are more engaged in the lesson because of their involvement. They are experiencing pride and accomplishment and the benefits of being outdoors.
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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