Community Food Initiatives celebrates School Gardens as an investment in sustaining and growing the harvest in Southeastern Ohio. School Gardening activities enable students to learn about gardening, the environment, food, and nutrition. Gardening students develop practical life skills and engage in physical activity. Outdoor learning labs and school gardens offer a unique, multi-sensory, inquiry-based education. Most important, the creative and often playful approach of school gardening instills confidence and enthusiasm for life-long learning. The CFI School Garden Program provides the following services:
- Professional Development & Technical Support: CFI offers workshops tailored specifically to teachers utilizing school gardens. The School Garden Coordinator regularly consults with teachers seeking advice on best practices for garden planning including season extension and planting strategies.
- Garden Assessment & Material Support: CFI can provide school gardens with seeds and plant starts. Shared tools are available for specific project needs. We can link you to sources for other material needs such as mulch, compost, and lumber for raised beds.
- Direct Service Teaching: The CFI School Garden Coordinator directly engages with students and can provide teachers with curriculum activities.
- Funding Support: CFI can help schools find and identify funding opportunities for school gardens and provide assistance in grant writing.
The mission of Community Food Initiatives is to foster communities where everyone has equal access to fresh, local food.
What you can do
Your donation would assist Community Food Initiatives in continuing this crucial educational project. In addition to garden upkeep and installation, funding will support for the following operative tasks: conducting workshops on planting strategies with our School Garden Coordinator; purchasing plant starts and seeds; purchasing mulch, tools, and other equipment required for plot assembly; developing and teaching curriculum pertaining to maintaining gardens to teachers and parents; providing consultation services to schools that wish to appeal the government for grants and additional support.