In 2011 a Youth Garden Began in Tolland
Take a walk along the path northeast of the Lion’s Ball Field next to Crandall’s Park and check out our site for the Tolland Garden Paths Youth Garden, a project approved by the Tolland Town Council in June 2011.
The Garden Paths Club worked closely with the Tolland Department of Parks and Recreation to choose the site and determine possibilities for programs to provide opportunities for children and youth to experience the joys of gardening, the benefits of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, the rewards of environmental stewardship and the value of community service. Several Tolland youth groups began digging in the fall to get the site ready for planting in the spring of 2012. The youth groups helped by installing raised beds, preparing the soil and learning new skills as they worked.
This spring many community groups became involved in this project to help benefit Tolland residents. The United Congregational Church of Tolland supports the food pantry and has their own garden next to the parking lot at the Tolland Sr. Center. Watch for more articles in Patch and other local publications for updates and photos of these two programs with one goal in mind: growing healthy food to share in our community.
If individuals or groups would like to get involved with either project please contact Sandra Benjamin, 860-872-4830, firstname.lastname@example.org for the Youth Garden. Contact Rev. Judy Medeiros at UCCT, 860-875-4160 to work with the First Harvest Community Garden. To view the great progress of the Youth Garden you can go to: http://www.prmemories.biz/tolland-youth-garden.html
Don't forget the Tolland Garden Paths Garden Tour this weekend 7/14; get to see the Youth Garden at work!
Blog by Perne (Bob) Maynard