National Garden Club and Federated Garden Clubs of CT award winning youth gardening program at Trackside
About Green Teens
Green Teens Youth Gardening Program - Winner of several CT State Youth Awards for vegetables and flowers grown by our youth at Trackside.
The Wilton Garden Club and Trackside Teen Center team up annually to offer 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 many Wilton Girl Scouts 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
Trackside, the Teen Center of Wilton is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing the youth of Wilton with a safe and supervised drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free gathering place to build self esteem and develop healthy relationships after school and on weekends. To make a tax deductible donation or volunteer, please contact us at email@example.com