“Gardening is an exceptional way to teach children math, agriculture, healthy eating and the importance of environmental responsibility,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Maintaining a garden also gives young people a strong sense of responsibility and the satisfaction growing and cultivating their own food from start to finish. I’m so thrilled that the children at CCK have their own Governor’s Garden and hope they will enjoy it for many years to come.”
CCK is a world class medical camp that serves children and families from across the country that are living with a variety of medical challenges, free of charge. The camp is open year round and can host up to 120 children at a time. CCK’s hematology, oncology and rheumatology campers were on-site for today’s dedication.
“We are tremendously honored that the First Lady designated the Center for Courageous Kids’ campus as one of only six locations across the state for the prestigious Governor’s Garden,” said CCK’s Executive Director Roger Murtie.
The garden has become a focal point for CCK’s nature program and throughout each stage, from planting, growing, harvesting and consumption, the campers have enjoyed “hands on” participation, Murtie noted.
The Governor’s Garden program seeks to educate the public about the health and economic benefits of community gardening and utilizing locally grown foods. The program also seeks to promote products which are grown and produced by local farmers and encourages Kentucky businesses, organizations, schools, and communities, to cultivate and maintain their own gardens.
In 2009, Mrs. Beshear partnered with several government, education and agricultural organizations to launch Kentucky’s first Governor’s Garden on the grounds of Berry Hill Mansion, just a short distance up the hill from the Kentucky State Capitol.
Currently, there are six Governor’s Garden locations across the Commonwealth and numerous other garden sites that have been inspired by this initiative. All produce harvested from each official Governor’s Garden site is donated to local soup kitchens and food pantries or prepared at on-site kitchens. Produce harvested at CCK’s Governor’s Garden is used on-site in their dining hall.
To learn more about CCK, please visit http://www.thecenterforcourageouskids.org/.
Information provided by Office of Gov. Steve Beshear
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