Wakefield Co-operative Bank’s Community Relationship Manager, Janet Rivers, is running a 3 week, Teaching Kids to Grow mini-series at the Boys & Girls Club after-school program this month.
Rivers established Teaching Kids to Grow at the bank in 2015 as a way to teach children about the ownership, responsibility, and satisfaction that comes with cultivating a garden and giving back to the community. Since then, she has helped students at Galvin Middle School and Woodville Elementary build garden beds, plant vegetable and herbs, water and nurture the fresh produce, and then donate it to Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.
Rivers has been visiting the Boys & Girls Club in Wakefield for an hour a week, bringing her love of gardening to students in the after-school program. During the first week, she taught students about growing plants and helped them plant seeds. This past week, the group built garden beds from the ground up with their own hands, and they will wrap up the 3-week series on May 8th by planting fresh veggie and herb plants into the beds.
The fresh produce that’s grown in the gardens will be used as ingredients in the dinners held at the Boys & Girls Club on Friday nights.