BGCG Receives Grant to Upgrade Vegetable Gardens for Summer Camp


Photo courtesy of Everource.

By Richard Kaufman
Sentinel Reporter

Eversource has given a grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich to install and upgrade vegetable gardens for their summer camp.

“It means so much to us to be able to give back to the communities where we work and live,” said Eversource Community Relations Specialist, Tracey Alston, in a press release. “Learning about nutrition at a young age is so important and we’re excited to have a part in their education.”

The gardens will serve as a way to motivate children who attend the camp to make sure they eat healthy fruits and vegetables.  Students learn about healthy eating, access to fresh produce, and how to prepare food. As the vegetables and fruit grow, they harvest them for salads that the entire camp helps prepare and eat.

“We see a huge difference when students attend summer camp here and eat the vegetables they grew in the gardens here,” said BGCG Volunteer Coordinator, Deelia Wadsworth. “Kids get so excited, they go home and ask their parents to set up a garden in their back yard.”

The gardens were prepared late last month with the help of volunteers from Eversource.

“Eversource’s efforts really helped us to prepare the garden for planting and to keep out animals,” Wadsworth added. “It was such a wonderful opportunity to have the volunteers help out and it was a great feeling to hear the kids were so happy to see the gardens getting ready for use.”

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About Author: Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman, general assignment reporter at the Sentinel, graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 2011 with a degree in journalism/communications. Having grown up in nearby Westchester County, Richard is familiar with the area and everything it has to offer. To get in contact with Richard, you can email him at richard@greenwichsentinel.com

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