Weinstein JCC Edible Schoolyard
The Weinstein JCC Edible Schoolyard serves our preschool (ages 2-5) and Kid's Place, our after school program (grades K-6). We have multiple goals; to engage the senses, de-mystify vegetables by making them commonplace in our lives at school, further incorporate the garden into learning goals and outcomes, and instill a sense of wonder in our kids about the environment and gardening. We are also working on incorporating vegetables from the garden into our snacks, donating to our on-site food pantry, and hosting volunteer days with families.
In the last year, the children have become familiar with composting as well as our food pantry. We have donated to our food pantry and hope to do so on a more regular basis. Some of our children even brought vegetables from their own gardens to give to our "hungry friends" during summer camp. In the coming year, we hope to engage the larger community at the center and beyond.
Our teachers will be given their own plots this Spring. They are choosing themes like salsa, straw bale, various books, and tea gardens and will be documenting this with garden journals. With the help of our Garden Coordinator, Amanda Montgomery, the garden will become more a part of each classroom and each child.
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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