YOUTH GARDENING PROGRAM
Since 2015, the Wilton Garden Club and the Trackside Teen Center have collaborated on offering a youth gardening program called “Green Teens” for students in grades 5 – 8 at the Neighborhoood Garden at Trackside. The goals of this program are to encourage participants to get more involved with creating and maintaining organic vegetable gardens, to learn about the importance of healthy foods, and to give back to the community. Each year, over 150 pounds of fresh, organic produce grown in the Green Teens garden is donated to the Wilton Food Pantry!
The intital idea for this program resulted from a Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2011. Over the years, several other Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have undertaken projects related to the construction and maintenance of the garden. Click on the History of the Neighborhood Garden at Trackside tab below for more information.
Led by experienced Club members, with support from the Wilton High School Organic Garden and Ambler Farm, the students participate in hands-on activities including:
- Designing and planting the garden beds
- Weeding, watering and harvesting the crops
- Learning how to cook the produce grown in their gardens
- Hand delivering produce to the Wilton Food Pantry
- Meets Wednesdays in May through mid June at the garden at Trackside from 3:30-5pm
- There is no charge for this program
- NEW: Earn community service hours over the summer and fall on a flexible schedule. Families and friends are also welcome to participate! Please contact Laurie Musilli email@example.com for more information and to receive the online sign-up genius
For further information on the program and how you can get involved, please contact the Youth Gardening program chairs: Pam Nobumoto at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Musilli at email@example.com.
Additional resources are available here.
- Karina Olsen originally built the Neighborhood Garden at Trackside for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project in 2011.
- Nicholas Johnson designed and constructed a tool shed and Steven Batter Jr. installed two new raised beds for their Eagle Scout projects in 2015.
- Michael McElroy constructed a large 3 sectioned compost bin and Sean Bergen constructed two new raised beds for their Eagle Scout projects in 2016.
- Purab Angreji and Cole Avallone enlarged the deer fencing area surrounding the garden, built two new raised beds and rebuilt/refurbished the four original raised beds for their Eagle Scout projects in 2018.