Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch received $500 from KidsGardening to support the Gardening Program on our Fargo, ND campus. Funds will be used to purchase materials to build a strawberry garden.
The Gardening Program at the Ranch teaches kids about the process of gardening (planting, weeding, watering, mulching, and harvesting). In addition, kids are learning gardening skills they can take with them after they leave the Ranch. The Gardening Program helps Ranch kids build relationships with their peers and staff as they learn about gardening and work side-by-side. They also learn about healthy foods and healthy pastimes.
Food grown in the garden is used in meals for residents and staff at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Children learn how to incorporate fresh produce into their diet as they create meals with produce from the garden.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.
KidsGardening has been helping youth gardens thrive since 1982. Their mission is to create opportunities for kids to play, learn, and grow through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder. KidsGardening offers inspiration and support to educators and families by way of grants, original educational resources, and cultivating a community of practice.