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


Kids in the Garden 2017

The kids from Lussier Community Education Center enjoyed wonderful opportunities for exploration and fun in your MCC garden! In addition to learning about compost, harvesting and weighing produce and eating berries by the handfuls, they encountered many visitors bearing gifts. Popsicle production with Max from Chrysalis Pops was fun and the cool treats a couple of days later were so satisfying. Experts shared their experiences with all stages of the Monarch lifecycle. A local volunteer brought painting supplies and enthusiasm to encourage us to capture the beauty of prairie wildflowers with watercolors. There were scarecrows to create with Lindy, recipes to prepare and consume and Molly’s goats to meet. It was a fabulous summer. Thanks to all of the garden volunteers who make this program possible. It is a treat for me to see them twice a week during the summer.
Until next summer…..
Becky Hustad, Kids in the Garden Program Leader

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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