Does your program or center have enough space to plant a garden? If so you can positively impact the community through a community garden effort.
What is a Community Garden?
Just as it sounds, it's a garden that is maintained by the community and shared by the community.
Set a timeline. Decide who will pay for the garden, who will be responsible for planting the garden, what supplies you will need etc.
Get funding. This will mainly fall on you, the administrator of the project, but getting kids involved in this process provides a great opportunity for them to understand the importance of giving and the power of the community. Have the kids write letters to local businesses asking them to help in the development of the garden. This will take some follow up on your part to get some donations.
Contact to local newspaper, explain the project goals and alert them that you will be building a community garden, ask individuals to volunteer their time, especially those with experience gardening.
After you have gathered all of your supplies, planned out your garden and gathered your volunteers, plant that garden!
After planting make sure the kids water, weed, and feed the garden. Having a garden on campus provides an opportunity for kids to develop an interest in nature, gardening, and even cooking.
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