Growing andConnecting Generations of People and Plants

Gnarled fingers sowing heirloom seeds passed down for generations.

A child'schin dripping with tomato juice, face bright with delight.

Neighborsworking side by side in an urban community garden.

A teacherleading students outside to harvest crops they've cared for all year.

Kids inBloom brings these scenes to life.

Looking Back: Sowing Seeds of Community

For morethan two decades, Kids in Bloom has used heirloom seeds as the foundation ofenvironmental education programs for urban youth. Over the years, the followingdiverse initiatives have connected Indianapolis children and communities withthe land beneath their feet.

  • Seeds ofUnity, focused on inner city boys ages 8-10
  • Power tothe Plants! garden, a working partnership with the Children's Museum ofIndianapolis and Winona Hospital
  • Turn a NewLeaf, a project with youth from abusive homes
  • PRO 100, acollaboration between the Gene B. Glick Foundation, Private Industry Council,the Children's Bureau, and the City of Indianapolis
  • The HistoricalButterfly Garden, a project for IPS students to plan, create,and design a garden
  • SeedGuardian Project, a hands-on program where participants grow,explore, and discover heirloom seeds
  • And more!

This isjust a sampling of the many projects Kids in Bloom has used since its inceptionin the early 90s.

Looking Ahead: An Indianapolis Seed Bank andCurricula

The seedshave been planted, and Indianapolis communities are thriving thanks to the dedicationof Kids in Bloom. Moving forward, the company will continue to integratelearning and growing through their Living History Seed Collections.

Living History Seed

Collections combine select heirloom seeds with illustrated worksheets for

students and facilitators. This multidisciplinary approach to environmental

education allows participants to get their hands dirty and their minds working,

all at the same time! Collections include seeds such as Job's Tears and

Milkweed, and can be used in Social Studies, Creative Arts, Science, and more.




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KIB is located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis – in 3 locations that house other green “sister” companies, run by Kay Grimm and Sue Spicer: Basic Roots Community Foods, Fruit Loop Acres and Eco-Renewal Specialty Gardens.


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