The Boys & Girls Club Wehe Garden Dome
The Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley (BGCSLV) was started back in 1992 by teens looking for something to do and needing a safe, afterschool gathering place. The club supports youth from several counties here in the rural valley and served up to 1,311 youth ages 6-18 last year alone. We recently received a generous donation from a long time community supporter to build a year-round 1,200 square foot greenhouse dome to support our programming. For an agricultural community, our valley has a short 90-day growing season, and many children do not know where their food comes from. The dome will extend that season to all year and provide hands-on learning to our members. Funds from this grant will be used to build raised beds inside our dome and purchase supplies such as seeds.
By implementing the national Boys and Girls Club “Positive Sprouts” curriculum for clubs interested in gardening and nutrition for their youth, we hope to enhance our core programs including leadership development, healthy living, and Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) classes. Using our dome, we can provide supplemental healthy produce to our afterschool snacks and teach everything from preparing delicious recipes to learning the life cycle of a plant. There are over 4,000 clubs in the United States; of those only a few hundred have outdoor/seasonal garden programs, and NONE have any kind of dedicated year-round growing greenhouses - until now. The BGCSLV would be the first club to do so, and provide a testing ground to hopefully replicate this model to Boys and Girls Clubs all over the country!
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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