Sowing While Growing
The purpose of our garden was demonstration and education on the importance of water sheds in our area, water flow, and water conservation. The project was managed by the 90 children in the Torch Club (a service learning character and leadership club), but the 500+ children who attend the McKinney Unit of the Boys & girls Club of Benton County took part in many of the educational activities. The kids learned much about the importance of native plants and the natural filtration they provide.
The initial project was funded with a grant and technical assistance from the Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP). Torch Club members researched and selected native plants to plant in the rain garden. The kids were involved in the entire project from picking the best site, calculating the water run-off from the roof of our building and the parking lot, and finalizing the project with the planting and landscaping with mulch, and rock. More than 29 plants and trees were planted in the rain garden.
The end result is a beautiful rain garden that offers great drainage, filters water, and replaces it to the water table. It also offers a nice aesthetic appeal to the front of the building. In the spring the garden will mature, the blooms will draw birds, butterflies, and bees, not only to our club, but to the entire neighborhood. In this project the kids and community volunteers will build three raised bed gardens that are each 16 square feet, for a total of 48 square feet, to compliment and enhance the rain garden project.
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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