Men’s Garden Club seeks youths to help cultivate

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youth Gardening Committee of the Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown wants to teach gardening techniques to twelve Valley youths this summer on the grounds of the Akron Children’s Hospital, 6505 Market St., Boardman.

Participants will each have a 4-foot-by-10-foot raised bed to grow vegetables and flowers for their own use.

The program is open to youths ages 10 through 16 or those who have completed the Fellows Riverside Gardens’ two year “Veggie Program” or approved equivalent. The cost for the season is $15 for a single youth or $25 for a family, and the MGCY will provide all plants, seeds, fertilizer, mulch and necessary gardening equipment and hand tools to each gardener (a trowel, hand cultivator, individual youth journal and a 5-gallon bucket.) All the child needs to take is a pair of gardening gloves, a bunch of enthusiasm and the determination to be a good gardener.

Each week of the program, participants will be presented an Ohio State University horticulture fact sheet and a five-to-10-question open test to help our youth gardening mentors identify areas for additional hands-on instruction or counseling.

The youth’s workday will be as follows: Once on Saturday, April 4, (weather permitting) while school is in session. After this school year is ended, gardening will be every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. On rainy days, when work in the garden isn’t possible, the gardening mentors will present prepared talks for indoor sessions.

Before the program, parents must complete the application/release of liability form. The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department approved a background check for each of the MGCY gardening mentors.

To obtain an application and schedule please contact the club at (330) 792-4355.

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