The youth program at CROPS is growing and becoming a big component of the organization's focus. In 2013, we worked with youth at Mickle, Dawes and Elliott schools, Cedars Home for Children and other area youth groups. In 2013, our youth program organized 50 events which reached more than 1500 Lincoln youth.
Our Young Urban Farmers Club at Mickle Middle School has been very popular, thanks to major improvements to the garden space. We added nearly 200 square feet of raised beds in the hoop house, built seven new planter beds in the garden space, and planted two apple trees and numerous perennial flowers.
Youth participants spend time in the garden growing and eating food while learning science, math and art. By participating in growing their own food, these kids become better eaters, more aware of their own health and more connected to nature and the environment. The Young Urban Farmers Club also provides kids with engaging, unstructured activity in the outdoors.
With the success of our youth program at Mickle, CROPS joined in collaboration with NeighborWorks Community Learning Center to bring youth programming to Dawes Middle School. We are providing students with lessons on gardening, nutrition, cooking and art four days a week. These programs bring opportunities for much needed physical activity and lessons on nutrition, healthy eating, cooking and basic organic gardening practices. We look forward to a new youth garden at Dawes. The garden will be an integral part of the outdoor classroom the school is building.
In 2014, we look forward to expanding our program to include Everett Elementary School.
For more information on the CROPS Youth Program or to set up a session
with students, contact Ben at (402)
474-9802 or email@example.com.