Youth Garden Club is an after-school and summer gardening program for elementary school students in Providence. Since 2003, Youth Garden Club has provided hands-on, fun environmental and agricultural education to hundreds of Providence kids through this unique, school-based program.
Bailey Elementary School in South Providence and D’Abate Elementary School in Olneyville are each home to beautiful outdoor food gardens. These gardens are maintained by an enthusiastic team of young people who participate in Youth Garden Club. From February to November each year, SCLT’s Youth Garden Club Leader teaches over 300 students how to cultivate a diverse, organic food garden.
The students take a part in every aspect of the garden: they start seedlings in the spring, spread compost on the soil, plant the seedlings in the ground, and water the garden. Finally, the students harvest the fruits (and leaves, roots, and flowers) of their labor and learn how to turn them into delicious meals.
SCLT has created a successful Youth Garden Club curriculum incorporating math, science, and cultural exposure with fun, hands-on activities. Our Youth Garden Club Manual – a guide for starting your own youth gardening program along with lesson plans and instructions on composting, building raised beds, and more- is available for purchase.
Youth Garden Club is managed in collaboration with Providence Public Schools, Greater Providence YMCA, and the Swearer Center at Brown University.
To learn more about Youth Garden Club, contact our Education Director at email@example.com.