Kids Garden


The  Kids Garden Program is a summer-long program designed to engage children in learning about nutrition, gardening, leadership, respect and responsibility. Youth in grade 4th-6th enrolled in the Kids Garden Program work together to acquire the skills to grow their own produce through real work experience and along the way gain the satisfaction of seeing how their hard work can improve their lives and their communities. Meeting twice a week throughout the summer, students also integrate other activities such as art, research, writing, and meal planning and cooking in our teaching kitchen. Learning responsibility for their local community and broader world is explored through guest speakers, special activities and field trips to local gardens, farms and parks.

2016 Kids Garden Program Summary

  • 16 students
  • 800 hours of programming
  • 350 volunteer hours
  • 3 field trips to Elawa, Chicago Botanic Garden, and local produce farm

“I really like the garden program! I liked learning to use a compass, hatching a praying mantis, and catching frogs and researching them on the computer to see what kind they were! But my favorite part is making lunch in the kitchen with Chef Keith!” Angel, age 10