Grantee Blog 2020

A Vegetable Garden

When kids have a hand in growing their own produce, they tend to be much more amenable to eating-or at least sampling-the fruits of their labor. Back in late September, kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton planted radish seeds. In the next few weeks, they will be harvesting their radishes and preparing a recipe for strawberry-radish salsa.

In addition to encouraging kids to make healthier food choices, a vegetable garden has many life lessons to teach kids. Planting and tending to vegetable plants teaches kids responsibility, improves observational skills, highlights the connection between effort and reward, and demonstrates the value of patience and postponing gratification. Needless to say, gardening is a rich sensory experience that get kids outdoors and away from electronics that, today more than ever, consume so much of their attention. Not a bad return on our investment!

As we approach this holiday season, we are thankful for all of our volunteers, our many partners and our grantor, Partners for Health Foundation, especially this year. We greatly appreciate your support in helping to make a difference in the life of a child, a family, a community. Thank you.

About the Grantee

Boys & Girls Club of Clifton (BGCClifton)

The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For over 70 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton has provided targeted programs that help youth achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle.