Children's Services Community Garden
The summer of 2008 marked the first time the Youth Center planted, maintained, and harvested fresh vegetables from a Community garden located in our building courtyard. This food has provided the youth in our facility with not only fresh home grown vegetables during meal times, but also taught them about Gardening, Science, and Nature. For many of the youth, this has provided a therapeutic outlet by allowing them to work outdoors and relax while channeling their energy appropriately.
The idea for our Community Garden came from our School Social Worker Lisa Gottlieb. Lisa along with other Children's Services staff and youth have planted, removed weeds, and watered the garden throughout the spring and summer. The garden has allowed our detention center to serve our own home grown nutritious food at a low cost while continuing to offer our youth healthy food.
Below are recent pictures of vegetables we have harvested from our Community garden. Our garden has Onions, Carrots, Kale, Collards, Lettuce, Sweet Corn, Beets, Watermelon, Tomatoes/ Cherry Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Pumpkins, squash, Potatoes, and Flowers.
Collards, Carrots, Onions, and Lettuce
Kale, Cherry Tomatoes, and Beets.