Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation to Create Local Community Garden with Support  from National Head Start Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation 

GroMoreGood grant program helps Head Starts nationwide develop edible gardens  The garden is part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and National Head Start Association’s GroMoreGood Garden Grants initiative, which seeks to connect one million Head Start children across the country to garden education and fresh food. 

SKCDC received a GroMoreGood garden grant to develop a vegetable garden at the Magic Years location in Augusta, ME. Once the project is complete, fresh vegetables will be served as part of the healthy meals provided to children at the center and also provided to families participating in the program. According to Agency Director Cristina Salois, “We are honored to receive grant support for the Garden at our Magic Years Early Care and Education Center. It is our hope that this garden will help to improve the lives of the Head Start children and families we serve.” 

Through the GroMoreGood Garden Grants Initiative, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and The National Head Start Association will work together to combat some of the most pressing challenges facing today’s youngest generation, improving access to healthy food and increasing time spent outdoors connected to nature. The three-year program will make garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs with the goal of creating more edible gardens and hands-on learning experiences for young children.