PUC Riley Child Center Children and Staff would like to share the following announcement with you…
Congratulations! After reviewing your application, you have been selected as a winner of this year’s 2012 Healthy Sprouts Award sponsored by Subaru of America and presented by The National Gardening Association.
Of 800 applications submitted, you are one of 50 winners selected. Winning programs reflected the importance of health and nutrition in their garden programming while demonstrating the important role gardens play in the lives of students, teachers, and the community.
The children and staff at Riley are very excited to receive this award and look forward to sprouting new plants in our garden. Our Thanks to The National Gardening Association and to Subaru of America!
Our program is the proud recipient of two Grow Northwest Indiana Garden Boxes. Grow NWI “is committed to building local food systems through community gardens and urban agriculture.” We received donations of herbs and vegetable plants from GNWI and from Connie Farrell, the parent of a Riley Center child. The Riley Garden Project is well on its way! The children are busy planting tomatoes, cauliflower, beets, green beans and a variety of herbs in the garden boxes. Our thanks to GNWI and County Line Orchards in Hobart, Ind., as well as Connie Farrell and Busy Bee Garden Center in Crestwood, Ill. for their generosity!
We were also very fortunate to be contacted by Marla Olthof, co-author of Hollyhocks And Honeybees, Garden Projects for Young Children. Marla Olthof and a professional photographer, Crystal Klomp, of Crystal Klomp Photography, were here two weeks ago to take photos of the children planting and enjoying nature. Two gardeners from GNWI, Debra Rowland and Natalie Wirsing, from County Line Orchard also were here to help the children plant and introduce them to the excitement of experiencing nature first hand.