Washington Youth Garden, Friends of the National Arboretum
WISH LIST: $100: organic fertilizer for a Garden Science class; $250: plant material for the garden; $1000: gardening supplies for 1 class of inner-city children to experience food sources first-hand
Combining environmental and nutritional education, Washington Youth Garden works with low-income and underserved communities to encourage healthy lifestyles through gardening. Garden science is the medium, and horticultural and life skills are the message: cooperation, responsibility, self-confidence, and stewardship grow together. Founded by Parks and Recreation in 1971, adopted by Friends of the National Arboretum in 1996, and winner of the International Society of Arboriculture's Gold Leaf Award in 2010, WYG offers hands-on, year-round growing and gardening programs. Younger students learn science and nutrition by creating a school garden; teens take part in a paid summer “green jobs” program (with food systems training and cooking lessons from local chefs); families learn together by growing, harvesting, cooking, and enjoying the fruits of their own labor; and SPROUT (Science Program Reaching OUT) offers free or low-cost garden science lessons on-site at the WYG gardens. Instruction in cooking and nutrition, and knowledge about where our food comes from, connects nature with eating in a healthy mix. Plant a seed here, and watch it grow.
3501 New York Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002