In 2012, the Alameda Boys & Girls Club had a vision to transform a neighboring ¼ acre urban lot into a thriving healthy foods and habitat garden that would support the nutritional health and develops the ecological literacy of Club youth. In summer of 2013, the Club hired its first Seed-to-Table Director, Kristen Getler. A keystone of the Club’s Health and Wellness Initiative, the garden provides a living, outdoor classroom where youth steward the garden using organic practices to grow annual and perennial food crops. A complementary culinary education program teaches our youth how to prepare the garden-fresh produce into healthy-foods recipes they are able to share with their families. Our current Seed-to-Table Coordinator is Sarah Miller.
Club members are watching the garden explode with fruit this month! The blackberries and raspberries are humming with bees for pollination. The Blenheim Apricot is heavy with fruit. The first strawberries are reddening and delicious.