The Kate Mitchell School Garden was the first school garden in Ames. It was started in 2011 by an AmeriCorps VISTA and a partnership between the Volunteer Center of Story County and Prairie Rivers RC&D. It was started as a response to child hunger and malnutrition among low-income families.
Kate Mitchell Elementary has the highest free and reduced lunch rate in the district at 50.2%. The school also has the highest homeless population. The garden benefits the school by teaching the kids about healthy eating, giving the kids ownership of something and deterring vandalism.
Popular garden activities include:
- after school garden club
- an annual farmers market
- working in the garden before and after school
- teachers incorporating the garden into their lesson plans.
Due to school reconstruction, the garden will be moved in Spring 2014.
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