Master Gardener Associations all over the state do many great things. Here is a highlight from the 2013 Annual Report:
The purpose of the Junior Master Gardeners is to help kids learn how to plant, grow, care for, harvest and eat fresh produce they have grown. Many of these low income kids have never tasted fresh produce. We have a kitchen classroom where they clean and prepare the veggies and then eat them in a salad or cooked. The kids were very happy with how well their garden did this year and our field trip was fun. We kept it local and traveled to Free Spirit Gardens and Produce with a Purpose Farm. After stopping for lunch, we took the kids to Kelly’s Ice Cream and gave them a treat. These are all kids from Boys and Girls Club, so they appreciate the opportunities JMG gives them. We were able to take them to the Nursing Home to deliver flowers for their center pieces. Another community service project they all participated in was delivering the extra produce to the local food pantries. There were several trips made to the Solutions Center and the residents very much appreciated the fresh produce.