Boys and Girls Planting for Health will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Boston's Blue Hill Club on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 starting at 9 a.m. The event, organized and run by Nature's Sustainers, a community relations class from Boston University, will be held to help Blue Hill Club build a working garden to teach its members about responsibility, healthy living, sustainability and the slow food movement.
Nature's Sustainers will build Blue Hill Club raised bed gardens and provide the Club with necessary gardening tools. The group of 10 students, four graduate and six undergraduate, will do this by finding sponsorships and partnerships as well as soliciting monetary and in-kind donations. In addition, Nature's Sustainers will bring in individuals from local organizations and businesses to talk to the staff and members of Blue Hill Club about the importance of the slow food movement and healthy living.
Once Nature's Sustainers build the gardens, a group of 10-15 Boston-based middle schoolers who will make up the Gardening Club will be responsible for tending to the gardens during the school year. During the summer, every camp program will work in the gardens.
The food produced will be used in Blue Hill Club's kitchen. The kitchen feeds about 250 kids and teens a night and the plants and vegetables will be used to supplement donations from the Greater Boston Food Bank, which provides all the food. This aspect of the slow food movement will teach the Club members how to grow their own plants and vegetables to incorporate into their daily diet.
For more information, contact Samantha Rajotte at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 384-3615.
Blue Hill Club is a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. Founded in 1995 and located in Dorchester, the Club annually serves over 1,400 youth ages 6-18 in Dorchester and Mattapan. Blue Hill Club seeks to provide every child and teen the skills and confidence to succeed.
Nature's Sustainers is a community relations student-run organization based out of Boston University’s College of Communication. With the help of local non-profits, we seek to encourage local children to learn about and participate in the slow food movement. Nature's Sustainers' mission is to encourage Boston’s children to grow fruitful gardens that will inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle and appreciate nature.