The Green Thumb Project currently maintains three full-sized gardens, at Ray Miller Elementary School, the Kirksville Early Childhood Learning Center, the Kirksville Housing Authority’s Village 76. We also have three raised garden beds and approximately fifteen veggie squares at KHA’s Devlin Place, with additional veggie squares at the Village 76 garden. They are places where anyone, whether a staff member, a volunteer, a student, or simply someone from the community, can come and help grow delicious herbs, fruits and vegetables. Working in the gardens, members gain gardening skills, knowledge about ecology and proper nutrition, and a connection with nature so often lacking in our modern information-saturated culture. It’s a great way to get outdoors and get active, while also having a positive impact on the community.
Working in partnership with the Kirksville R-III Schools, we provide outdoor education opportunities to children from preschool through elementary school. At our Green Thumb Learning Garden, located behind the Ray Miller Elementary School, we host an after-school gardening program for students twice a week, where students learn organic gardening, ecology, interpersonal skills, and personal responsibility. We also regularly host other events for children at school and in the community.
In addition to our student program, we also work with other local organizations to bring service and learning opportunities to the community. We engage community members of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds: Everyone is invited! From community work days to classes to workshops to paid internships, there are countless ways to get involved.
We believe in the power of hard work and the reward of social enterprise. As a Missouri non-profit organization, we are devoted to supporting the economy and the health of our local community. By selling our produce at the farmer’s market during the summer, we raise money to cover our operating expenses while also promoting local agriculture.This year, we are partnering with Take Root Cafe, a non-profit, pay-what-you-can local food cafe set to open in Kirksville in the fall of 2016.
The earth belongs to our children, so the Green Thumb Project works to create a healthier, more productive, more sustainable environment for future generations. Through our partnership with the schools, we seek to educate children who are more conscious of their health, their environment, and their community. Through our gardens and community work, we seek to provide healthy food solutions, create jobs, and become a sustainability model for other communities.
Does any of this sound interesting? Head over to our Get Involved page to find out about our current programs, volunteer opportunities, and more!