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.
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:
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.
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.
Nondiscrimination Policy: The officers, directors, committee members, employees, and persons served by this corporation shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation. It is the policy of MID-CAROLINA GARDEN BASKET not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, veteran’s status, political service or affiliation, color, religion, or national origin. For community disclosure the Nondiscrimination Policy will be distributed on all program brochures, social media sites, website (www.midcarolinagardenbasket.org), and public notice advisory on local news media.