Our mission is Community Through Food.
We believe that gathering around the table and sharing good food and drink is what connects us as family, friends and community. That’s why we’ve developed the Learning Garden, to connect kids to real food through outdoor learning and experiential play. Learning Gardens are 21st century learning environments that support a diverse array of lesson-plans and activities in Science, Engineering, Art and Math.
Learning Gardens impact 125,000 children daily!
The Kitchen Community, a 501c3 non profit organization founded in 2011, impacts nearly 100,000 children a day with nearly 300 Learning Gardens in schools and community organizations across the country. These Learning Gardens serve schools as outdoor classrooms and experiential play-spaces that connect kids to real food and empower them to make healthier food choices. They are designed to be a place where students want to learn and teachers want to teach.
We’ve built Learning Gardens in some of the largest school districts in the nation, including Chicago Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Denver Public Schools. We worked along side Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor John Hickenlooper and LAUSD to build nearly 300 Learning Gardens in a diverse array of schools.
“Learning Gardens in our schools serve as catalysts for community-wide improvements in childhood nutrition, socialization, and student achievement. Having accomplished our ambitious goal to plant 100 Learning Gardens in schools across Chicago is a remarkable testament to the strength and desire of our community to increase access to fresh produce and instill the value of eating healthy at an early age.” – Mayor Rahm Emanuel | December 6, 2013
At the heart of what we do is a deep seeded commitment to the value of community, so we’ve built an Education program as a resource to teachers with Learning Gardens. We assign each Learning Garden a regional Educator that works with the Garden Team and teachers to ensure a successful integration. Our Educators also host frequent teacher training workshops in each region.