Join us for our offering of the "Roots to Shoots" Summer School Garden Camp for kids.
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Our Roots to Shoots Summer Garden Camp offers Portland-based elementary students the opportunity to stay involved with the Reiche Community School Garden during the summer months and enjoy the garden’s summer bounty.
About Past Roots to Shoots Garden Educators:
Corey Carmichael is an gardener and educator based in Portland, ME. Corey fell in love with garden-based education while spending the summer as an intern at Cultivating Community in 2012. After finishing her degree in education and psychology and earning her elementary teaching certification, Corey spent a year as a FoodCorps service member in Massachusetts teaching in gardens and connecting kids to healthy food. Since moving home to Portland in 2016, Corey has dabbled in many pursuits that help connect people to plants and healthy food, including working on Cultivating Community’s Good Food Bus project, performing garden design and maintenance, and serving as the Reiche School Garden Educator for part of the 2016-2017 school year. Corey is so pleased to be back in the West End and reconnecting with the Reiche community.
Ali Mediate is a Research Assistant with the Cumberland County Food Security Council and works to raise awareness of local food movements and their impact on building food security and community resiliency in Southern Maine. Her work with the Portland Farmers Market’s information booth, where EBT/SNAP benefits are accepted and incentivized through Maine Harvest Bucks, helps stretch benefit food dollars and expand the access of Maine's agricultural abundance to some of Portland's most vulnerable community members. She sits on the Reiche Community School’s Green Team and works as a Garden-Based Educator and Master Gardener volunteer in her community. She enjoys volunteering with local public garden projects including the Mt. Joy Orchard. She is now also a Master Preserver through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and is thrilled to soon share all she has learned with her community.