Youth garden programs

Tolland - posted Mar, 27 2013

TOLLAND - On Saturday, April 27, the Tolland Youth Garden is offering a Garden Stewards Workshop for middle school and high school youth from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tolland Public Library. The fee is $10. Participants will learn how to keep younger children safe and having fun while exploring the joys and benefits of gardening. Stewards will be invited to volunteer to help adult instructors on Tuesday mornings in the July and August Growing A Rainbow summer camp. Stewards who volunteer for all eight sessions will be eligible for certification as Junior Master Gardeners by the University of Connecticut. Four garden stewards were certified Junior Master Gardeners in 2012. The 2013 Youth Garden summer camp, Growing A Rainbow, will be held on Tuesday mornings, July 2 through August 20, at the youth garden at Crandall Park, Cider Mill Road, Tolland. Sessions for children ages 5 – 7 are 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.; and children ages 8 – 10 are 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The fee for all eight weeks is $15 per child; $25 cap per family. Children can have fun being soil detectives, making friends with butterflies, birds and baffling bugs, planting and tending a rainbow of herbs, flowers and vegetables to harvest and turn into sassy salsa. Instructors include master gardeners, teachers, and birders from the Tolland Garden Paths youth garden, Grow A Healthy Me program. Crews of volunteers of all ages maintain the youth garden. To volunteer, please contact TGP-YG coordinator Sandie Benjamin at or by phone at 860-872-4830. To learn more about the youth garden, visit Tolland Youth Garden on Facebook. For 2013 program registration information, please call the Tolland Department of Recreation at 860-871-3610 or visit the recreation center at 104 Old Post Road, Tolland.

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