In June 2014 we opened Phase 1 of our very own TEACHING GARDEN. This space is located behind our instructional kitchen on 10482 Georgetown Drive in Spotsylvania, VA. The purposes of the garden are:
- To show families how to garden in small spaces
- To show kids how food grows and to inspire kids to eat healthier
- As a place of learning and activity for our cooking students
- As a place to grow food which is used in the kitchen
- As a place to conduct learning activities around gardening
- As a active waiting space for Yum Pediatrics patients
In phase 1, we finished the hardscape of the back of the building with a fence, and several places to grow including raised beds (constructed by Eagle Scout Maverick Dishman). We also are composting kitchen scraps and using a rainbarrel for watering to show kids how to reduce, reuse and recycle. In Phase 2 we hope to construct an arbor to provide shade and to grow plants vertically. In Phase 3 we hope to complete foundation plantings around the perimeter of the Doctor Yum Project/Yum Pediatrics building so that we can show families how to use edibles in their existing landscaping. If you are interested in volunteering in our garden, email us at [email protected] or visit our volunteer page.