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Growing by Gardening: Rumford Group Homes Seeds of Hope Garden, Rumford, Maine

Jun 26, 2014

My name is Karleigh and I am 19 years old. I participate in the Maternity Group Home Program for youth with children and no place to live. This spring I got to help in the garden that was started at the Family Shelter. I went with my two year old daughter and helped till the soil, start seeds, weed and plant. It was such a fun experience for us and totally out of my comfort zone. I worked with many other people and together, we managed to build a beautiful garden where we can get fresh produce. I loved learning a new skill that I can continue to use my whole life. In the Maternity Program, we are always learning new independent living skills. I learned to work well with others and how different plants grow and about healthy nutrition. I can't wait to eat the food we grew and to introduce it to my daughter to start her out in life with healthy habits. We all loved being part of this team experience where we met new friends and learned life-long tools. It also allowed us to be part of something greater than ourselves and to create something beautiful!

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