Kate Mitchell Community Garden


Garden News and Media~

Special Delivery from the White House

In early June, Mitchell students received a package from the White House garden.  We opened the box at a Saturday Work Day, and inside were vegetables from the First Lady's garden!  The same peas, broccoli and onions that the students planted during their visit in March.  Also included were recipes and a chef's hat from White House Chef Sam Kass!
2nd grader Evan Bay Brakke and father Chris were on Iowa Public Radio to talk about the delivery.  Listen here: Talk of Iowa segment

Mitchell Gardeners on the First Lady's Let's Move blog

Mitchell Students Paint Garden Mural for Earth Day 2012

To celebrate the role that our community garden plays in making our food system and our world more sustainable, Mitchell students designed and painted a garden-themed mural with the help of community artist Kristin Roach on the school building wall adjacent to our garden.  

Check out the Ames Tribune article about the project here

Mitchell students invited to the White House Garden in DC!

In late March, five Mitchell 2nd graders along with Principal Pam Stangeland and the 2nd grade teachers traveled to DC at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama!  They joined students from 3 other schools across the country to help Mrs. Obama plant the White House Kitchen Garden.  The students received the invitation after writing to the First Lady detailing to efforts to grow and eat healthy foods and live healthy lifestyles at their school. We are so proud of the Mitchell community for making the garden for such a success, and to all of our students who are growing delicious food and healthier lifestyles for themselves and their community!
Coverage and photos here:  

Volunteer at Kate Mitchell Community Garden:

We are looking for summer waterers and weeders! Fill out our application on the "School Gardens" page.

Summer Work Days at Mitchell Garden!
We will be hosting work days every few weeks through the summer.  All are welcome to help with an array of tasks - from watering to weeding, planting to painting!

SCHEDULE: Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm
June 2
June 23
July 21
August 11

More about the Mitchell Garden Program:

Check out the Mitchell Garden Newsletter sent to all parents: May 2012 Newsletter

 Great Video about the program from KCCI: School Works to Fight Obesity Early

The Kate Mitchell Garden project is a partnership between the Volunteer Center, Prairie Rivers of Iowa RC&D, and Kate Mitchell Elementary School.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Wheatsfield Cooperative
HandsOn Network

And in-kind contributors:
R&C Landscapes
ISU Compost Facility

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Jun 11, 2012, 9:09 AM