Letter: Gardening project teaches youth so much
Last October, a fellow Rotarian Patsy Jeanne Hemp and I conceived a garden project at the Boys & Girls Club. We both feel gardening can teach our youth so much—responsibility, teamwork, healthy and cost-effective eating.
We could not have accomplished this much without the generous donations from Roland Foster for tilling; Steve and Bettie Pugh for gravel and landscaping cloth; Kathryn Tatterson for planting soil; Brian and Julia Anderson for vegetable plants; Sterling Hudgins for discounting raised bed material; Rick "Top Soil Guy on 14" for discounted fill dirt; Lynda Smith for adding a "fun" fundraising option for the Tour de Chesapeake entrants, a "Poker Pedal." These folks help make Mathews a special place!
In 1996, through the generosity of the community, the Mathews youth center was conceived as a safe place for our kids to go after school. Their generosity has been appreciated by Mathews ever since. We feel the garden project helps continue their vision, by teaching "sustainable gardening, eating and cooking healthy foods." Next time you’re going down Church Street, stop in and see what we’ve planted so far.