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Gardening for Good


  • Atwater Elementary School 2100 E Capitol Dr. Shorewood, WI 53211 (map)

Human Equality Love Project (HELP) and Toddlers and Kids on a Mission are uniting once again for a service project this summer! HELP is based in Milwaukee and focuses on racial, social, and environmental justice with local and national projects. We have rented a garden plot at Atwater School in Shorewood. Families will have the opportunity to get dirty, tend and explore the garden, and harvest food to donate to our local partners at Riverwest Food Pantry and St. Vincent de Paul meal program. Green thumbs are not required. If you should have questions or need assistance during your week, we will provide that!

PURPOSE: Take responsibility for and nurture a community garden with your family for one week (Monday through Sunday) this summer at Atwater School.

IMPACT: In addition to the immediate benefits of gardening with family, the Riverwest Food Pantry will receive harvested crop donations from our garden and we will utilize our harvest foods to feed members of the St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program at All People's Church in the Harambee neighborhood.

ACTIVITIES: The week of June 5th, all participating families will have the opportunity to plant seeds and seedlings. All summer, each family will take ONE WEEK (Monday through Sunday) to weed and tend the garden. The week of September 18th, we will invite the families to come back to the garden to harvest the crops. During your family's assigned week, we ask you stop by the garden at least three times to tend the garden. Once our participating families have registered, we will communicate the "planting and harvest days" via email. We are also working on a "farm field trip" to either Barthels in Mequon or Growing Power in Milwaukee.

REGISTRATION: Registration is full with a waitlist. Please check out our other Upcoming Events to get involved! 

PARTICIPANT CAP: 14 families

AGES: All ages welcome.

COST: None (HELP and TOAM shared the cost of the garden plot)

MATERIALS: Please bring your own tools to the garden. If you do not have tools available, please contact Brooke Shawver-Levin at (brookeshawver@gmail.com)

To explore the HELP organization further click here.

Parenting information on gardening with kids:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2016/03/gardening-kids-affects-childs-brain-body-soul/