CRANFORD, NJ – Forty-eight girl scout troops in Cranford worked together to build a community garden at the United Methodist Church that will provide vegetables and herbs to Cranford Family Cares.
The garden is part of the “Sow What?” Girl Scout Leadership Journey for senior level troops in 9th and 10th grade. The troops collaborated with Girl Scouts from Mt. Saint Mary’s, Roselle Catholic and Abraham Clark High in Roselle to share their knowledge about environmental topics, inspire others to eat locally, and plan a community vegetable garden.
“We are extremely proud of what these ladies have accomplished throughout this journey. Not only will the garden provide fresh vegetables to local organizations, but it will also help to teach others what we have learned about the importance of the food we eat”, Anne Caldwell, Senior Advisor for Senior Troop 40229, said.
Troops 40004, 40050, 40229, and 40113 researched the importance of healthy foods by touring Dreyer Farms. Jessica Dreyer taught the young ladies how a local farm works to provide its community with healthy produce. The troops also visited ACME in Kenilworth to enhance their learning.
Furthermore, the troop members are creating a recipe book that incorporate the produce grown in the garden. They hope to work with other Girl Scouts to water the garden and collect produce during the summer.
The Girl Scouts would like to thank Carl’s Landscaping of Cranford for providing garden materials and an extra hand with constructing the garden itself.