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We are building a garden!

Today a child growing up in a metropolitan area lack the opportunity to experience nature on a regular basis. Whether urban or rural, the surrounding area in which children find themselves is the staging ground for their imaginations and their sense of the world. Watching a seed planted break ground, or a worm bringing bottom soil to the top, or a bee pollinating a zucchini plant, helping young people acquire a direct and personal understanding of how living things thrive in our ecosystem.

The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer Counties outdoor learning center’s impact will be giving children the experience of learning in the outdoors, surrounded by plants and trees.  The members of the club will be involved in every step of the process from planning on what to grow, harvesting the vegetables and learning how to cook what they have produced.

We believe that through a community garden we can impact not only the members of the organization but also the neighborhood.  Our young people will be exposed to planning and preparing the soil, both flower and vegetable beds, weeding, watering and harvesting the garden we will also exposing the members to science, math, and art.

About the Grantee

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County

The Boys & Girls Clubs fill the gap between school and home. We provide welcoming, positive environments in which kids and teens have fun, participate in life changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults.

Strategy: Community Gardens

Cohort: Central 1

Funder: SNAP-Ed

Cities: Trenton