In an email blast to supporters on Tuesday, Nov. 28 the Moab Youth Garden Project (YGP) reported that 1,250 individual youth participated in garden programs in 2017 — a number that represents approximately 67 percent of Moab students.
About 4,300 user-days have been taught so far in new garden programming to pre-Kindergarten youth and approximately 28 lbs of greens have been supplied to Grand County High School’s cafeteria during the 2016-2017 school year. Additionally, 11 free meals have been provided in exchange for 363 volunteer hours through the Weed-N-Feed Program.
Kate Niederehe, associate director of YGP said, “We believe it’s important for kids to connect with nature and the food they eat ... the food in the grocery store is grown elsewhere and they need to know that. Growing food together helps build community ... it has a positive influence on the kids’ lives. It’s a multi-faceted experience that is needed. Good nutrition is a good thing to pay attention to, especially in today’s age.”
According to Niederehe, the YGP still needs assistance. Donations can be mailed to Youth Garden Project, 530 South 400 East, Moab, UT 84532, or go to www.youthgardenproject.org.