YMCA Garden Graffiti

There was a great event last night at the Keene Family YMCA called Garden Graffiti!  This event was setup by the staff at the YMCA and Monadnock Family Services to bring different groups of kids together to decorate the new garden beds.  There was a wonderful social aspect to the afternoon as kids were meeting each other and working together to paint the beds.  In total there were about 15 kids from the MFS Kids In-Shape program and the YMCA leadership program that helped to paint the beds.

The idea was simple; give a group of kids some paint (generously donated by Perkins Paint Center in Keene) and brushes and see what happens.  The kids immediately started painting the beds and quickly found interesting ways to express themselves.  They were experimenting with all kinds of different techniques.  The beds now feature some hand prints, solid colors, designs, splatters, and even a couple of foot prints.  The painting adds a lot to the garden site and makes them feel much more unique!

The graffiti was so fun that it was easy to miss the fact that vegetables are growing!  My favorite remark of the night came from one of CGC’s best friends Susan B.  Susan said: “I was so distracted by the painting that I didn’t even notice that things are growing!”  The plants now have a much brighter bed to continue growing in!


About cgcstaff

Keene Community Garden Connections (CGC) is a collaborative initiative involving Antioch University New England's (AUNE) students, faculty and staff. Partnering with non-profits and service agencies in Keene, NH, we support organizations in the development of community gardens throughout Keene. We aim to use community gardens as a vehicle to increase food access, community wellness and landscape restoration. By doing so, we hope to complement other community efforts to develop a more resilient community that is working to mitigate our climate footprint and adapting for the future.
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