GROW A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY
Do you have a youth group that wants to make a difference, get involved, and give back to their community? We have the perfect project for you! Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County would like to invite your youth group to help Grow a Row for the Hungry!
In an effort to increase the amount of fresh vegetables and fruit available to the hungry, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County’s (CCEDC) Nutrition Information Program started the Grow a Row for the Hungry garden. Since 2002, this garden has provided thousands of pounds of produce to local agencies and organizations that work with hungry families throughout Dutchess County. This year, we need your help. We are looking for youth groups to help prep, plant, weed, harvest, and donate the bounty of our garden to those in need.
With as little as 1 to 4 hours a week, your youth group can make a difference in the lives of many Dutchess County families.
Youth will work with their peers to make a difference in their community while learning gardening basics and the importance of community service. Youth groups are welcome to participate at any stage in the Grow a Row for the Hungry project from garden planning and planting to harvesting and donating to local food banks and pantries around Dutchess County.
The Grow a Row for the Hungry garden project will run through October 31st and youth groups are invited to come for an afternoon to lend a hand or schedule weekly visits to maintain, harvest, and donate produce. Each youth group will attend an on-site garden safety orientation and have the option to participate in educational programming to learn about vegetable gardening, the water cycle, how to build a terrarium, nutrition, and canning, among other interesting topics. They will also receive a “Certificate of Service” for their contributions to the project and attend a special end of the season celebration of their hard work.
To sign up your youth group to participate in the Grow a Row for the Hungry garden project, give us a call and we can get the process started. Participating groups will require a Group Agreement outlining their involvement and time commitment. Please note that the Grow a Row garden is located at The Farm and Home Center 2715 Route 44 Millbrook NY and participating groups must provide their own transportation.
Last updated August 3, 2015