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Apprentice Gardens

Begun in 1998 as a demonstration garden, in 2001 the Apprentice Garden became a hands-on educational program to teach families about basic vegetable gardening in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner. Participating families consist of at least one adult (parent/grandparent/guardian) with one or more children 6-12 years in age, although younger siblings are welcome to come. Available space limits participation to a maximum of 8 families.

Families plant and maintain four communal plots as well as an individually assigned family plot. They meet weekly from 6:30 pm to dusk from late March through mid-September, outside when weather permits and indoors during inclement weather. We recruit new families through the Kinder Farm Park network, area elementary schools, newspaper articles, and word-of-mouth. The Apprentice Garden has a partnership with Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Kinder Farm Park.

Please be aware that there is no shade in the garden area so a hat and water bottle are recommended. Restroom facilities are near-by. The Apprentice Garden is reached via unpaved road surfaces which may be carefully navigated by a wheelchair.

The Apprentice Garden is located in Kinder Farm Park at 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville, Maryland between Benfield Road and East-West Boulevard on Jumpers Hole Road.

When you enter the park from Jumpers Hole Road, proceed straightpast the gatehouse and continue to the parking area located on the left. The Community Gardens are found directly across from the parking lot, on the right. There is a bulletin board with neon yellow posts indicating the AG.

Restoring a Depression Era Farm
The Kinder Family, for whom the park is named, farmed what grew from the original 41 acres in 1898 to approximately 1,100 acres in 1940. The farm started exclusively as a truck farm, but after World War II the farm focused on cattle production.

At about this time, the Kinders began selling parcels of land for residential sites. In 1979, a 288-acre parcel was sold to Anne Arundel County (AA Co), which became the public Kinder Farm Park it is today. The park is designed to represent a typical working farm in Maryland during the 1930s depression era. The park not only contains the community gardens, but also houses farms animals raised by Anne Arundel County 4-H members, a blacksmith shop manned by guild members, a sawmill club whose members cut wood and make wooden products used at the park and elsewhere, and an antique tractor club.

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