Torrance Memorial Medical Center Learning Garden
We are seeking a Sow It Forward grant for the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Learning Garden. In July 2012, we broke ground in a 20 x 20 plot that is leased at Columbia Park Community Garden. This wheelchair accessible, edible garden is comprised of four raised beds providing a total of 96 square feet of growing space, and includes a work table for on-site teaching that also serves as a demonstration area for growing edible containers.
The Learning Garden literally “grew” from the Senior Garden program to teach home gardeners how to grow their own food. Prior to having an actual growing space, the program consisted of a series of classroom lectures in conference rooms at the hospital. Since its inception in 2006, over 270 members of the community have attended these gardening classes. We currently have about 20 home gardeners participating in the hands-on component at the community garden plot, and the program has now been expanded to include all age groups, not just those 50+.
The goal of the Learning Garden is to improve health in our community by increasing both access to, and consumption of, healthy, locally grown fresh food by teaching people how to grow their own food. The garden is a teaching tool that promotes healthy eating and nutritional information. It also helps the aging population through low impact physical activity, and teaches them how to grow safely at home in spite of space or physical limitations.
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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