The 2011 Sunflower Community Garden
The youth who work at SAY’s Sunflower Community Garden this summer will grow more than just vegetables. SAY is hiring several at-risk youth to work in the garden and, in an expansion of last year’s program, the youth will then train over 100 children ages 4-11 about healthy eating habits.
The “Sprigs and Sprouts” Program is a collaboration with the City of Santa Rosa’s Recreation, Parks and Community Services Department, along with organizations such as the Sonoma County Water Agency, The Master Gardeners, Worth our Weight, local restaurants and more.
Over the course of the summer, 100 youth from the Community Child Care Council, Boys and Girls Club and local daycare centers will plant veggies at the Sunflower Garden and will learn about nutrition and how to eat well. This will achieve two things: empower the youth leaders with confidence and work experience and teach the young kids that eating healthy is easy