Our Community Growing Academy
Dig Farm and The ARC of Westchester have partnered together to bring you the new Mt. Kisco Growing Academy (formerly known as the Mt. Kisco Community Garden), a hands-on outdoor classroom that will empower community members of all ages to learn to grow food. We will be utilizing regenerative agriculture and permaculture techniques that will help to heal the soil and heal our community. Food grown will feed students and those in our community experiencing food insecurity.
You can participate in the Growing Academy in a wide number of ways.
Want to help out and get your hands dirty? We have volunteer days on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Want to learn some gardening tips and tricks? Check out our weekend workshops.
Registration is now open
Located at the Ann Manzi Center
699 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY
Kids Summer Garden Program
Garden Educator: Jessica Colón
Sessions: 7/6 - 7/29, & 8/17 - 8/26
2 days a week: Wednesdays and Fridays, 6-11 yr olds
$25 Wednesdays & Fridays per child (with sibling discounts)
Our Summer Program is geared for kids ages 6-11, featuring outdoor exploration in a serene environment. Each week offers unique and engaging activities introducing kids to living things in nature, plants and their life cycle, pollination, compost, decomposers and how it all works together. There will be art and reading and gardening with both planting and harvesting. We have balanced this summer enrichment program within our garden community setting to provide the kids time to simply slow down, stretch and take it all in. Encouraging curiosity of the natural world around us while connecting with the mission of Westchester Local Food Project is our goal.
Family Gardening Program
Garden Educator: Jessica Colón
Saturdays: 7/16, 7/30, & 8/20
Come explore this serene outdoor classroom with your family. Our activities are design to introduce you to living in harmony with nature while learning about plants and their life cycles, pollination, compost, decomposers and how it all works together.
These workshops are designed to help you expand your gardening experience to include:
Create a 3 bin composting system
Foraging within your backyard
Tie dye featuring natural dyes
Herbal tea and tincture making
Jessica is the founder of FTPK, and creator of somosameRICANS, a platform for artisans, activists and community leaders. She teaches using the dual-language method by presenting content in two languages.(Spanish-English). Jessica obtained her BA in Art History from Lehman College. She works in multiple institutions as a Museum Educator and teaches children's gardening programs at NYBG.
Mey Marple a resident of Mt. Kisco for 25 years, began her career as an advertising account executive in New York City and later became a K-12 Fine Arts teacher. Through the lens of raising a family and looking to the natural world for guidance, she founded the West Patent Elementary School Learning Garden in 2009. Collaborating with teachers, she enabled sustainability and science in the Learning Garden for 5 years. In addition, she was a founding member of the BCSD Sustainability Committee and managed InterGenerate’s Mount Kisco Community Gardens for 12 years.
Shoshanna Rome grew up in Japan and foraged for wild edibles and herbs alongside her mother and grandfather. She always had an interest in alternative medicine and in her early twenties she participated in an intensive herbal internship at Herb Pharm in Williams, Oregon. She has continued satisfying her interest in herbal medicine by attending related conferences and workshops across America. She believes in incorporating plant medicine into daily life for nourishment and health, and making herbal knowledge accessible to anyone who has budding curiosity.
Dr. Susan Rubin
Dr. Susan Rubin, known as SuRu, is a food and environmental activist who has been growing food with all ages for more than a decade. She is a Westchester Master Composter who adores red wriggler composting worms, and is also a certified permaculture designer. SuRu is a mom of 3 grown daughters and a dog mom to Wally. (@WallyRu22)