Today's teens lack opportunity for intergenerational contact. At the same time, all teens can benefit from workforce preparation skills. Finally, in our consumer-driven society, many teens are quite aware of their rights, but woefully unaware of their responsibilities as members of a community.
In Yellow Springs, Ohio, local Extension staff, working with school guidance counselors, successfully developed a sustainable Community Supported Agriculture Program in the community to address all of these issues. Youth harvest the garden and elders and youth working together sort and pack the bags of produce to deliver to garden shareholders. As a result of this program, the local nursing home now has a permanent, on-going ¼ acre garden and greenhouse on its premises where youth and elders regularly interact, and the community has an on-going source of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Created: 2008-04-11, Updated: 2008-04-28