Grantee: The Center for Children & Young Adults – Marietta, GA
Project Title: 2015 Garden Maintenance & Expansion
Grant Description: The Center for Children & Young Adults is a shelter home for youth ages 12-21 who are homeless due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Their parents are unable, unwilling or unavailable to care for them because they are incarcerated, on drugs, mentally ill or dead. Youth live with the Center for months or years and receive food, housing, education, recreation, medical care and innovative therapy (art, music, animal-assisted and basketball movement therapies). They also, attend public schools and have part time jobs when age appropriate.
The Captain Planet Foundation grant was used to expand the Center’s existing vegetable garden. They increased the number of blackberry bushes, added two fig trees and refurbished twenty raised beds for the vegetables. Master Gardeners and youth planted: onions, tomatoes, peppers (various varieties), squashes (yellow long-necked squash), watermelon, carrots, cucumbers, muscadine grapes, elderberries, gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. They also, used the money to purchase truckloads of topsoil, mulch and fertilizer.
The youth, along with Eagle Scouts and guidance from the Georgia Garden Clubs, will also be establishish a pollinator garden. They are planning to terrace the area with funds from another source and plant pollinator flowers and cutting flowers to attract bees. Currently, they are growing sunflowers in this area.
Program Impact: They grew 1000 pounds of fruit and vegetables for use in meals on campus for the kids.