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Martha's Community Garden

To Contact This Program

Program:
Albuquerque WEPIC Initiative

Contact:
Diana Dorn-Jones

Address:
United South Broadway Corporation‚ P.O. Box 25242
Albuquerque, NM 87125

Phone:
505-764-8867

E-mail:
usbc@unm.edu

Activity Description

Martha's Community Garden is a project in which children and caring adults come to share and nurture in a community garden. The majority of children involved in the project range from Grades 1-5‚ although there are some middle schoolers from Grades 7-9. The children plan the layout‚ design‚ and crops to be planted in the garden.

Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 50 to 75

Range of Student Ages: Elementary through middle school‚ though primarily elementary students

Duration of Activity: The activity is performed year-round with different crops depending on the season. Gardening takes place every day‚ students rotating so that each student participates about three times a week for 30 to 45 minutes.

Academic ContentWhat is the academic content of this activity? Math Science
The project is linked to science because children learn about the environment and the seasons as they relate to agriculture. They also learn about the nutritional value of the produce they grow. It is linked to math because children learn the market value of their produce to sell in the market.

Strong RelationshipsHow does this activity create strong relationships?
Americorps students work as mentors and conduct learning groups with the students to help them learn about taking care of the garden and the value of investing time into the garden. The children are guided by a master gardener‚ a senior citizen from the community‚ who teaches them how to garden and care for the garden.

Decision MakingWhat opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
The participants can select which vegetables they want to plant from a menu of appropriate items for the season. They decide on other items to be planted in the garden like flowers. The children cook every day and decide what they are going to cook for the day.

Student LeadershipWhat student leadership opportunities are there?
Children that leave this program go on to the Forest Restoration program aimed at ages 14 to 25. They take responsibility for restoring the forest preserves. Children have added features to the garden as they go along.

 

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