Although the GEF office is based just outside of Boston, we supply free resources to gardeners across the country. But we don’t stop there: Thanks to a generous grant from Amway, this summer, for the second time, we are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of America to provide on-the-ground gardening support in five different regions across the country! From planning through implementation, GEF will work closely with Club staff and youth members to build brand new gardens with a focus on nutrition education, as part of the Amway Global Positive Sprouts Program. It is nothing short of thrilling to witness and be part of these transformations, and to feel the excitement growing among the kids.
The five garden sites along with planting dates are as follows:
- Clifton, NJ on June 11
- Troy, MI on June 25
- Santa Monica, CA on July 30
- Cypress, CA on August 13
- Tarpon Springs, FL on September 17
With the help of local landscapers, GEF and Club staff will build raised garden beds and fencing, install drip irrigation, and plant seedlings. The final product will be several complete theme gardens including a pizza garden, salsa garden, salad garden, southern garden, herb garden, and butterfly garden. Each theme garden will be adapted to the planting zone in which it’s located for the time of year that it’s planted.
To stay updated on the garden builds, please follow our blog and Facebook profile! We’ll be posting photos and commentary after each event.
Interested in reading about last year’s garden builds? See our 2010 photos on Facebook here.