SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Middlesex County students graduating 7th through 11th grades who are interested in gardening and community service, are invited to attend a summer day program at the County’s Extension office called “YESS (Youth Enhanced Service to Society) at the EARTH Center”.
The program will be held July 19 to 23 from 9 am to noon at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, South Brunswick. After the initial training week, weekly work meetings will occur from July 26 through Aug. 31.
The program focuses on environmental stewardship and will provide participants with a background in vegetable gardening practices, environmental concerns, and the importance of community service. Once trained, students will be excited to start gardens at home or within their communities. Experience gained by students may keep them interested in future community service.
The week of 3-hour sessions will include
• Basic vegetable gardening skills and knowledge
• Basic pest identification and control
• Environmentally friendly gardening methods
• Reducing one’s environmental impact
• Community service considerations
Youth are then involved in weekly sessions throughout the summer (July 26 through August 31), and expected to help maintain a ‘Garden for the Hungry.’ Time spent in the garden can be used for community service hours. All produce will be donated to a local soup kitchen.
The cost of the program is $55 per person (includes t-shirt). The registration deadline July 12th, but interested participants should register soon as spaces are filling up. For more information on the YESS program or to register, contact the Middlesex County Extension office at 732-398-5262. To learn more about Middlesex County’s Extension Service visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us/extensionservices
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