ADULTS AND CHILDREN ARE EXCITED TO BE OUT IN THE FRESH AIR!
Even though the weather may not be cooperating adults and children from The Gateway Family YMCA supportive housing and Jefferson Park Pre-School programs have been learning and experiencing the joys of gardening.
Christine Guryev from Groundwork Elizabeth leads both programs and has developed a curriculum (see insert) which will take the participants from plating seeds to harvesting their crops. The pictures show the joy and engagement of all of the participants from 3 year old Darrin to our oldest participant Dolly. Since we started a few weeks ago participation has grown: the first week 4 women and 1 child participated and the second week 7 woman and 3 children participated. We are looking forward to participation growing each week.
The adults from Madison House chose the crops to be planted. This year at the Y we will be able to enjoy spinach, basil, Romaine lettuce, dill, tomatoes, green peppers, kale, cucumbers and eggplants. Michele Ali, from Trinitas RMC will be teaching a nutrition program and will introduce and demonstrate healthy recipes using the vegetables and spices grown in the garden for the women and children who live in Madison House tying together garden produce and healthy recipes.
Jefferson Park Pre-School will be growing tomatoes, lettuce and many other fresh foods that the children and the families will be able to taste and share throughout the summer.