4-H Junior Master Gardener Program - Oxford Public Library
Penn State Master Gardeners and the Chester 4-H, have been conducting a Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program educational program at the Oxford Public Library since March 2013. The JMG Program teaches a broad range of horticultural and environmental topics to students in grades 3 through 6. The 4–H program helps children develop leadership, responsibility, and community pride through organized activities. The children are working through various educational topics in order to become certified Junior Master Gardeners. This process requires mastering various topics as well as community service.
The children planted, cared for am harvested fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from 8 raised bed gardens at the library. The students harvest over 200 pounds of fresh produced that was all donated to the local food bank. There were 24 youth that benefited from the educational activities of the program and at least two dozen families that benefited from the donated produce. The prgram has a committment from the local food bank and the library to continue working together for 2014. The Sow it Forward grant is being requested to help fund educational materials and gardens supplies to help keep the gardens going for the 2014 growing season.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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