Italo’s Garden


The basics of growing food, using it as a part of our lives and the connection to nature are at the forefront of our Get Growing program here at the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. Our time in Italo’s Garden involves fun activities with plants, soil, insects and stewardship. 
What we teach our members:
The Basics in Growing Food – sowing, transplanting, care and harvest, stewardship and sustainability
Local Ecology – insects, reptiles, native plants and their use, plant identification
Art through Nature – bouquet making, watercolors, eco-printing, natural dyeing, painting and photography
Harvest and Use of Produce – cooking, preserving and farmers’ market
Fun in the Garden Days – bocce ball, Jenga, scavenger hunts and Hide and Go Seek


Following the Seed to Table philosophy, we come full circle in utilizing the harvest from Italo’s Garden in our cooking program. We focus on easy recipes to transform veggies and fruits into nourishing healthy meals and snacks.
What we create in the kitchen:
Fritters, veggie stir-fry, pizza, pasta dishes, quesadillas, creative salads and dressings, salsa, hummus, scrambles, sweet baked goods, juices and smoothies