Wilton Youth Services,
the Wilton Garden Club, and Trackside Teen Center are once again offering
the Green Teens program for middle school students. The goals of the
program are to get more young people involved with creating and maintaining
vegetable gardens, to teach youth about the importance of healthy foods, and to
give back to the community as the produce they grow will be donated to the
Wilton Food Pantry. Participants can earn service hours in this
Spring program or during the weekly Summer session while harvesting produce for
the Wilton Food Pantry along with cutting and making fresh flower arrangements
for the Senior Center.
Green Teens is open to youth currently enrolled in grades 5-8. Led by experienced gardeners from the Wilton Garden Club, youth will participate in hands-on activities of designing garden beds, planting, maintaining, harvesting as well as learning how to cook with the produce grown in their gardens. There will also be an opportunity for families and friends to work the gardens over the summer months.
Laurie Musilli and Pam Nobumoto are coordinating the Green Teens program for the Wilton Garden Club. The program is also being supported by Jim Hunter of the Wilton High School Organic Garden and Jonathan Kirschner of Ambler Farm. Both organizations will be donating seedlings to the program. Other groups supporting the garden this summer will be Girl Scout Troop 50349 and Boy Scout Troop 20. They will assist with weekly produce and flower harvesting and delivery.
The Neighborhood Garden at Trackside was originally built by Girl Scout Karina Olsen for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project in 2011. She and other Wilton High School students grew vegetables and flowers at the garden for many years for the Wilton Food Pantry. In the Spring of 2015, Steven Batter Jr. and Nicholas Johnson of Boy Scout Troop 20 designed, constructed, and installed new raised beds and a tool shed at the garden for their Eagle Scout projects. In the Spring of 2016, Sean Bergen added two more raised beds and Michael McElroy completed a tri-section compost bin as their Eagle Scout Projects.
Eco-Systems – extended and repaired drip irrigation, timer and rain sensor.
Bolton Landscape – created a commercial Mulch bed to house picnic tables