The Learning Gardens are a permanent, organic garden that includes fruit trees, shrubs and raised vegetable beds that provide an interactive outdoor space to connect children with real food. The Kitchen’s Learning Gardens were specially designed by Jen Lewin as an educational tool to inspire spontaneous play by children and create an attractive outdoor classroom for teachers. Unlike simple garden beds, the Learning Gardens comprises modular beds with built-in irrigation systems that can be shaped in any configuration to fit small and large plots in virtually every schoolyard. Its feminine and organic lines contrast with the concrete and harsh lines of cities and inspires a natural reaction from students and teachers alike. The Learning Gardens design also includes hand-painted signs by children to increase their ownership of the garden.
The Kitchen Community has helped nearly 200 schools in Colorado, California, Illinois and Tennessee.