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The Franklin Center For Innovation, Inc. is happy to announce our partnership with the Thorn Hill Education Center, Dilly Dilly Farms, and CommonWealth Garden. This partnership has formed the Frankfort Community Garden Team.
This Team will create a Community Teaching Garden growing on the grounds at Thorn Hill Education Center and offer a collaborative learning environment for teaching sustainable gardening.
What is Sustainable gardening? – one of the most important and effective sustainability practices that we can follow – is the concept of using gardening techniques that cause no harm to the earth and its inhabitants while attempting to actually enhance it.
Phase One: Fall of 2021
The Garden will include a Teaching section that is ADA compliant, raised beds, a berry garden and even mushrooms.
Phase Two: Spring of 2022
We will add a community garden area, fruit trees, rain capture watering system, and hoop houses to extend our growing season.
Teaching Gardens address the healthy eating challenges that are facing our nation’s children and families by supporting school and community gardens. This successful approach to engaging youth makes healthy foods fun, and provides opportunities for children to not only grow, but understand and enjoy the benefit of eating healthy foods. The Frankfort Community Garden Teams mission is empowering students to become champions of change and promote healthier lifestyles to their families and school communities.
Community gardens are about more than just growing food. By increasing the number of local community gardeners and available garden space, families and individuals are able to grow fresh, healthy produce for very little money, green previously underused areas, increase local food security, get to know and interact with their neighbors, and work together to enhance the communities where they live.
Local community gardens are producing a lot of food. As a result, they provide a crucial opportunity to increase local food security. Since the majority of plots in community gardens are allotments, most community gardeners are growing food for themselves or their families.
Similarly, community gardens allow individuals greater control over the quality and type of food they consume. They also increase consumption of healthy, fresh foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
Community gardens provide space for people to work together to create beautiful, productive spaces. Local gardeners report that by getting involved in community gardens, they spend more time outdoors, interact more with neighbors, meet new friends, and experience improvements in their mental and physical health. Many communities also report decreased crime rates, as well as increased pride and community ownership over these spaces. Research has also shown that the creation of community gardens can lead to an increase in neighborhood property values.
Good news! If you’re inspired by our great community gardens, love locally grown food, and want to get involved, we can help!
Get in touch if you would like to:
Franklin Center For Innovation
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