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Wyckoff Hospital WIC Garden

Our garden serves as an educational portal where children and mothers can develop the skills needed to produce their own vegetables and herbs. As a nutrition program, WIC promotes healthy eating especially consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables which has been linked with lower childhood and adults obesity. The space is not an issue in our site and we can still grow the plants or have a garden using flower pots.  We teach our participants about nutrients found in the growing produce and their benefits to their health. Our goal is to increase WIC participants interest in gardening, increased consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables and closer connection with the land and  the environment. This will be  the third year that we have grown  vegetables and herbs in the garden.  We have seen more involvement of the children  and mothers  in the facilitated group discussions conducted in the garden. Participants learn seasonality and cycling of nature, connect plants with the fruits, and fruits with health benefits. This garden represents an opportunity for  our WIC  participants to engage in the growing of their  own fruits and vegetables and thereby increasing the likelihood of  consumption.

Where it's at:

316 A Himrod Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237
United States

Garden type:

demonstration/education garden

Garden size (in square feet):

300

Garden beneficiaries:

children and mothers

Number of people reached:

7 000

What this project needs:

funds
tools
seeds
seedlings
soil
compost

Project leaders:

Agata Socha
Emily Corres

About us:

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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606