Madison Christian Community

Kids in the Garden

We invite you to join us as we celebrate another summer of gardening, cooking, learning, and playing in the garden at Madison Christian Community (MCC). Each summer children from Lussier Community Center join with staff and volunteers from MCC for eight weeks of "Garden Camp." Volunteers and staff from MCC tend and nurture the garden space throughout the year to provide produce for the Lussier Community Center Food Pantry.

2016 Recipes
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Pictures from Kids in the Garden 2016

Loving Asparagus

Kids 2016

kids 2016

I eat it all…it’s delicious!kids2016

Weekly Activities
We gather on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for eight weeks during the summer. Each week a new set of lessons and activities are offered that teach about the interconnectedness of the garden to all of life, respect for living things and each other, and healthy eating. Children rotate between outside garden work and inside cooking activities with special presentations from those skilled in gardening, botany, composting, beekeeping, chicken care, and weather to name but a few.
Recipes from the Garden
Each year the children learn how to make healthy snacks using produce from the garden. In our kitchen, everyone is a chef! At the closing of camp each day we share this wonderful healthy creation made by the children.

Click on the links below to download recipes that we have been "kid tested" in our MCC garden kitchen:

2015 Recipes
Click here for 2015 recipes.

2012 Recipes
Click here for a document that includes the following recipes:
   Spinach Salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette
   Sweet Zucchini Biscuits
   Spunky Red Bean Chile Dip
   Curry Pecan Deviled Eggs
   L.O.V.E. Wrap Sandwich (Lettuce, Onion,
   Vegetable, Egg Salad)
   Kale Caesar Salad
   Three Sisters' Salad
   Cauliflower Broccoli Salad with Apples and Raisins
   Couscous with Kohlrabi and Chermoula Dressing
   Bug Crackers
   Garden Ranch Pizza

2013 Recipes
Click here for a document that includes the following recipes:
   PB&J with Fruit Wrap
   Zucchini Bakes
   Blueberry Scones
   Herbed Greek Salad
   Strawberry Tomato Salsa
   Olive Cheese Balls
   Pizza Monkey Bread


2016 Kids in the Garden Wrap-Up

It’s been a fun summer. Thank you to all who generously volunteered their time!  Some highlights this summer included the ever-popular scarecrow creation (facilitated by Lindy), a visit by Molly Kuhn’s pet goats and scootering from Lussier Community Center to MCC. We celebrated the last week with water balloons, dilly beans and watermelon. We’ve observed how plants grow and what parts of plants we find tasty. The bees and butterflies are zipping around and providing opportunities to talk about pollination and it’s importance to our food supply. We’ve cooked, we’ve laughed, we’ve picked berries, dug garlic and sampled kohlrabi. Most of all, we’ve gotten to know some kids we wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise. Thanks for your continued support of this very satisfying outreach program.
Becky Hustad, Kids in the Garden Coordinator

Our Place in God's World: Garden Curriculum
Click the links below to download portions of the curriculum.
God's World 1           God's World 5
God's World 2           God's World 6
God's World 2a         God's World 7
God's World 3           God's World 8
God's World 4

MCC Volunteers
Volunteers are at the heart of the Madison Christian Community garden ministry.
All of our volunteers submit a background check, participate in our Parish Child Protection program, and are committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for all of the children who come to the garden. We have an annual meeting with staff from the Lussier Community Center to ensure compliance with their licensing policy and to further build our relationship with this extended part of our community.

If you are interested in offering your time with our garden ministry program, please contact Madison Christian Community.

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