News |Learning Gardens in Indy!

Today our non-profit partner, The Kitchen Community (TKC), has announced that they will start building 100 outdoor Learning Garden classrooms across Indianapolis Public Schools and surrounding townships.
Leadership funding is provided by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation to support TKC’s efforts to strengthen the Indianapolis community by improving the health of children and their families and increasing student engagement and achievement.

“We are committed to making Indianapolis a thriving community,” said Rachel Simon, Board of Directors at the Herbert Simon Family Foundation. “TKC brings a commitment to teaching young people where their food comes from and will make a meaningful impact across all of Marion County. We are so excited that TKC has joined Indianapolis.”

Learning Gardens are beautiful, scalable, outdoor garden-based classrooms that are custom designed to fit any schoolyard. The modular, raised beds are accessible to all students and they are low-maintenance with built-in irrigation that can be installed on a variety of surfaces.  Learning Garden applications are nowbeing accepted from any school in Indianapolis Public Schools. In the Spring of 2017, applications will be open to all schools located in IPS and the surrounding township school districts. Additionally, TKC is starting to hire Garden Educators, Project Managers, and Regional Developers in Indianapolis to grow the local team on the ground to help build and support the Learning Gardens year-round.

“Indianapolis is the crossroads of America and the second largest city in America’s heartland,” said Kimbal Musk, co-founder of The Kitchen Community. “With the generous support of the Herbert Simon Family Foundation we are able to start building Learning Gardens in Indy schools starting this school year. We are now seeking local partners and community leaders to help match their gift to successfully build and support 100 Learning Gardens in the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area.”

TKC has built and supported 300 Learning Gardens across four regions nationally. Indianapolis and Pittsburgh are the most recent communities to join the Learning Garden network. In addition to its Learning Garden system, TKC brings scalability and additional national relationships in the school garden movement.

About The Kitchen Community
The Kitchen Community (TKC) was established in 2011 by Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk, the co-founders of The Kitchen Restaurant Group with the mission of “Community Through Food.” TKC strengthens communities through food to accelerate a real food culture a school. TKC believes in creating a future where every student has the opportunity to play, learn, and grow in healthy communities. To build a better world for students, TKC builds scalable, fun, outdoor garden-based classrooms called Learning Gardens in schoolyards. Built primarily in high-risk areas, Learning Gardens are a gathering place for the whole community. Today there are hundreds of Learning Gardens in schools around the United States reaching over 150,000 students everyday. For more information, please visit or follow on Twitter @TheKitchenComm and Instagram @TheKitchenCommunity.