Albany Area YMCA adds community garden

Albany Area YMCA adds community garden

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Area YMCA has recently added a community garden for students enrolled in its after-school program.

CEO and President Dan Gillen said a Boy Scout asked if he could create a community garden to earn his eagle scout rank.

Gillen said this community garden allows students to learn the importance of responsibility and how to grow fruit and vegetables that students can take home and eat.

“These kids are going to take ownership of those gardens and their going to eat the vegetables, going to talk about farming the table. They are going to eat the produce that they grow, they’re going to learn about it and it is going to be a leadership development opportunity for the kids," explained Gillen.

Gillen said that the garden will also be for students that will attend the camps this summer.

The Albany Area YMCA has already started signups for their summer programs for students.

During summer camp, students will go on field trips, take swimming lessons, work on different crafts, and get the opportunity to work in the new community garden.

Gillen, hopes parents will enroll their kids in summer camps.

“Our counselors are trained, they have a passion for caring for children in a safe environment, quality environment, where our after school and summer camp program both are required to meet standards with the state of Georgia to be able to deliver that quality program," says Gilllen.

If you want more information on YMCA summer camps, stop by the YMCA.

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