ISU graduate Annihka Murray participated in one of the weekend Kate Mitchell workdays and painted this water color of the garden and its hard workers. (July 2012)


About the Kate Mitchell Community Garden Project:

The garden was started in Spring on 2011 as a partnership between Prairie Rivers of Iowa RC&D, the Volunteer Center of Story County, United Ames and Kate Mitchell Elementary School, in response to the issues of food insecurity and lack of healthy food amongst students of the school.  

The current garden provides hands-on learning for students, teaches them valuable gardening and cooking skills and encourages consumption of vegetables and other healthy foods.  The produce grown in the garden is eaten by students in school or provided to families and other community volunteers.

All 300 students in grades Kindergarten through 5th participate actively in the garden during the school year.  Students also participate in the garden through an after-school garden and cooking club, a summer garden camp and weekend work days open to all families and community members. 

Check out this great video about the program from KCCI: School Works to Fight Obesity Early

Have questions or want more information?  Contact Bonnie at bonnie.cherner@vcstory.org