Mid-Carolina Garden Basket

Reaching Youth Through Farming & Cultural Unity

Our Programs focus on Social and Physical Wellness

Social Wellness

The Community garden will provide a variety of benefits outside of the classroom in the form of interpersonal and life skill development for students. Students will participate in garden-based learning that will include team-work, positive environmental attitudes, positive nutritional attitudes, motivation, enthusiasm, self-identity, self-esteem, positive attitudes toward their community, and positive behavior. Additionally, the Community garden will provide students with the ability to make better lifestyle choices through increased self-sufficiency, educational empowerment, and environmental stewardship as a result of participation. Other important skills sets that will be developed are organization and management.

Physical Wellness

Equally important to social wellness is physical exercise and engagement. The Community garden project will keep students involved and active. Students will participate in the following activities:

  • Planting: Students will plant seedlings in the garden or start seeds in trays in the greenhouse.
  • Mulching: Once planting is complete, students can spread 2-3 inches of shredded wood, leaves, or straw on the soil in the garden to slow water loss and decrease soil erosion. Mulch can also be spread around the raised beds or containers on top of the soil or grass as a week control mechanism to reduce maintenance needs.
  • Watering: In place of a timed or drip irrigation system, students can water plants by hand with a watering can or hose. Slowly water plants at their base early in the morning, making sure that enough water reaches the base of their roots.
  • Weeding: Students will be engaged in pulling out unwanted weeds in the garden area.

Thinning: If plants grow too close together, students can cut the tops off of the least healthy plants to create more room for growth of the healthy ones.

  • Composting: Students can help build compost piles of garden waste and organic matter in the garden to add nutrients to the soil. Compost piles can be supplemented by uneaten food waste from the on-site DHEC approved kitchen.

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Mid-Carolina Garden Basket | Reaching Youth Through Farming & Cultural Unity 
Mailing Address: PO Box 793, Prosperity, SC 29127 |  6630 US HWY 76, Prosperity, SC
Contact Us:  (803) 944-4277  MidCarolinaGardenBasket@gmail.com

MID-CAROLINA GARDEN BASKET will offer three after-school programs during the school year in addition to a Summer Camp.

Fall Program: Students will harvest, preserve, market, and sale produce grown during the summer program. This activity will teach students the fundamentals of our free market system, basic economics, the importance of preserving produce, the value of farm land, and develop teamwork. 

Skills, such as cooking, cleaning, canning, and customer service, along with the importance of understanding and applying units of measure to create a desired outcome are all a part of the program. 

Winter Program: Students will be immersed in the Culture and Traditions of the community through the Unity Wall experience. Fine arts, Performing arts, Music, and expression will be the curriculum in this program. Children will use and develop fine motor skills, gain a better understanding of how culture is influenced by music, and understand others while experiencing an appreciation for the traditions of different cultures in the community and from around the world. 

Spring Program: Students will be in the field getting their hands dirty, connecting to the earth and planting different varieties of seeds. Planning, organizing, and physical activity will be the cornerstone of this program. Students must follow directions in order to gain a successful planting season, so an emphasis on thoughtful detail and careful execution will be just some of the skills gained in this session. 

Summer Program: Students will be learning how to manage a garden by harvesting, watering, maintaining good clean beds, and going on field trips to enhance the experience. Trips to historic sites, such as the South Carolina State House or Governor’s Manson, and other points of interest like; Alpaca and Dairy Farms, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and other community gardens will encourage and expose children to the different varieties of plants and livestock not grown in the MID-CAROLINA GARDEN BASKET garden. 

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