Sunday, May 25, 2014

Yes! Gardweeno!

Welcome to Gardweeno!  Check in to see photos and videos from our weekly work sessions, community events, and ongoing reflections from the youth participants.

Gardweeno is a garden project located at 1014 Bell Ave. 15104 for middle school aged youth to design, build, learn, grow, and eat together through the creation of a garden. Funded by the Sprout Fund and in full support of North Braddock Cares and the Borough of North Braddock, this program will provide opportunities for youth to grow as leaders and decision makers; as learners getting hands on experience with Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM), as well as positive strategies to cope with stress and failure, and boundaries for positive behavior. Gardweeno will be an inspirational site for youth to experience constructive engagement with their surroundings.

Except for a demonstration bed, the garden will be designed and maintained by tweens working together. This is their garden, and the fruits of it are theirs too. We are only here to help them succeed.
We are going to be learning technology in the garden using sensors connected to mini computers. Kids will have the chance to try out lots of activities, not only digging and gardening, but graphic design, photography and videography, computer programming, building, and teaching other community members about their work.

Program Dates:
June 14 - August 25: Mondays and Saturdays 10am - 4pm
The summer will include lessons from project team members and community experts; mentorships with community volunteers and teens from the BYP; field trips to visit local gardeners in action; and experiments youth will perform as each develops his or her own gardening practice. 

Sept 6 - Oct 25 Mondays and Saturdays 3p - 5pm
As school begins, the program staff will take on more responsibilities in the garden. Tweens will come after school to harvest and learn recipes to share with their families.

Community Events:
Second Saturdays of July (12), August (9), and September (13) 3pm - 5pm
Once a month, we will have community demonstrations and cook-outs, where the participants can share their knowledge with their community, and where they can work and celebrate with neighbors.
Oct 26 The project ends with the North Braddock Cares Fall Festival on October 26. We will prepare food from the garden, and make a contribution like a popcorn machine or bounce house funded by the income we make through produce sales. 

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