Youth in the United Methodist Children’s Home’s Residential Treatment Program have been given the opportunity to join 4-H and start a garden this Spring.
The seeds and seedlings were planted and the youth are in charge of watering, pulling weeds, and tending to the garden. They will see the plants mature and celebrate with every fruit or vegetable produced. Activities, like the garden, are a great way for the youth to focus their energy and develop positive results.
The garden is a 32-square-foot, raised-bed garden. Each 1’ x 1’ section is divided for different types of plants including: lettuce, cabbage, strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and flowers at each corner. The boys and girls meet as a 4-H club every Friday. It is a great way for the youth to not only learn about gardening, but learn about leadership and life skills.
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Theresa Greene and 4-H Youth Development Educator Jamie Wheeler were instrumental in getting the gardening program started.