YGP has busy summer with camps, personnel changes
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Dakota Manheimer, Angeles Lemus, Sam Janse, Tyler Mullins, Tesni Maughan, Harlan Keith at Youth Garden Project Summer Camp. 			 Courtesy photo
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Moab’s Youth Garden Project has had a busy summer, starting with its annual spring plant sale which brought revenue to the nonprofit organization and provided people with organically grown local plant starts. YGP just finished its eighth camp week, involving a few dozen 1st through 6th grade kids busy with outdoor garden-based activities. Garden produce is available at the Moab Farmers' Market, and 14 community supported agriculture shareholders are receiving produce each week.

“YGP is always working to expand and improve existing youth programs,” said a press release from the organization. This year, YGP is developing more opportunities for middle and high school students through a new “Garden Ambassador” teen job-training program. The program is in its pilot year, employing two Moab teens this summer, and is planning to expand through a partnership with the high school College Technical and Education program in the coming school year. Also new this year, YGP is giving a “Care Share” CSA share box of local produce from the garden to a family in need through a partnership with the Moab Valley Multicultural Center. “We are always striving to better serve the kids and families in our community. We are excited to work with other local organizations, high school teachers, students, parents, and administrators to develop more opportunities for further growth through the garden,” said the YGP board of directors in a statement.

YGP will continue to provide an outdoor space and curriculum emphasizing hands-on learning for high school special education students, art classes, 8th grade Environmental Science elective courses, and BEACON Afterschool Programs. Youth Programs Director Julie Zender will continue to collaborate with HMK Elementary School teachers each spring and fall to provide garden classroom field trips, bringing each class to the garden for hands-on core curriculum aligned lessons.

YGP said goodbye to its executive director, Ruth Linford. Linford worked to develop new teen programming and broaden community outreach, and the organization will continue to implement and build on her ideas. “We thank Ruth for her work and wish her success in the future,” said the board in a statement. Kate Niederehe, formerly YGP operations and development director, will serve as the interim executive director through the summer. YGP is now looking for a new executive director. For more information visit www.youthgardenproject.org and to apply send a resume and cover letter of interest to director@youthgardenproject.org.

“YGP values our dedicated community of supporters. It is with your help that we can continue to provide programing, events and learning opportunities in our garden classroom to better serve kids, teens, and our community,” said the board.

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