Success at our first Positive Sprouts garden project

May 17, 2010

IBOs, Amway Global executives, Boys and Girls Club members and staff rallied on a beautiful Saturday in Philadelphia this weekend.

Around 90 people came together to build a community garden for the Northeast Frankfort Boys and Girls Club. In fact, it was a series of gardens. There was a pizza garden, a salsa garden,a three sisters garden, a herb garden and several others.

We didn’t just stop at the planting. Volunteers erected a shed, spread a mountain of mulch, cleaned the grounds, added flowers to the landscaping, and even painted the bathrooms in the Club basement.

Our garden experts from the Green Education Foundation did an amazing job, along with three master gardeners from the local community. To keep the Club members engaged while we adults sweated it out on some of the heavy projects, they created Education Stations. Club members made smoothies, planted onions in pots they could take home, they painted pictures pictures and jumped back and forth between the stations and the garden building.

By lunchtime, it was hard to tell who were IBOs and who were Club staff. And by the end, it was even hard to tell who were the kids and who were the adults. We were all a bit dirty, and having a great time.

When the Club’s drill ran out of batteries and our IBOs couldn’t finish the garden tool shed, one of them ran home to grab his own. When the water and Nutrilite sports drinks needed to be chilled, another drove nearby to her house to pick up another cooler and some ice.

One IBO was a garden expert herself, and brought along planting tips, and ideas for the Club members to stay engaged by building ownership of the garden beds. Another one lived just down the street, but had never noticed the old brick building with the small sign in the front. He planned to be return.

In fact, they all talked about how they would come back to volunteer, and continue the project. The nutrition curriculum that Amway Global sponsored was written by the Green Education Foundation, and will be come a standard manual for garden building within the Boys and Girls Clubs. This means the program will have sustainability, and can be replicated at other Club sites.

This was a fantastic way to kick off a new partnership. We will be in six other cities this year, and hope to expand the program into even more over the next couple of years. You can find more information on our initial blog posting about the project.

Thanks to all who made this project a success!

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  • 4 Comments

    • Craig Eddy says:

      This is awesome. What would the best route be to get a local Boys & Girls Club involved?

      Thanks!

    • Jesse Hertstein says:

      Craig, later this year we will make the garden curriculum available to all Clubs. We were at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Conference last week, talking to executive directors and program directors, and found that many Clubs already have garden programs or are planning to implement them. But all of them expressed interest in a curriculum and support materials that could help along the way. I recommend giving your local Club a call to see how you can get involved.

      Thanks!

    • Amway Global Ada-tudes: A View from the Top says:

      As this holiday commemorates our country’s past and present military forces, we at Amway Global

    • Amway Global Ada-tudes: A View from the Top says:

      The Amway Global Positive Growth gardening program continues to plant demonstration sites across the

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