At the corner of 12th Street and White Avenue, passersby can get a glimpse of education and agriculture in action at the Early Learning Center’s kitchen demonstration garden. Funded by a grant from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists, the garden was constructed to provide hands-on learning about garden-to-table concepts. It also will provide a springboard for curriculum projects ranging from the science of growing to artistic representations of plant growth.
Children were kept in mind during construction with small beds based on the concept of keyhole gardens, allowing small arms to reach pockets of the garden. Every plant in the garden is edible, and the textures, colors, smells, and tastes provide children a rich, beautiful, natural environment in which to learn and grow.