What We Do
We believe that all the world’s problems can be solved in a garden. We are starting with obesity – our goal is to lower obesity rates among children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County through connecting children and youth to the food they eat. To accomplish this huge task, we have partnered with many local organizations and community groups to both get people out to the farm, as well as get produce grown by youth back into the community. Building lasting relationships and learning – from each other and from nature – is at the core of what we do.
Summer Youth Program and Field Trips:
Our eight-week summer program brings youth to the farm to actively learn growing and team-building skills and come away with a wider understanding of their food, nutrition, and health. The community farm also serves as host to school and community groups who come to visit and work at the community farm. In 2013, Project GROWS developed a gardening curriculum that aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Educators are welcome to browse our Summer Curriculum 2013 and bring out your class for a hands-on garden lesson to illustrate what students have learned.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm-Share Program:
2013 marked our first year selling produce to the community through a CSA. Check our homepage for more details on what a CSA is and how you can participate, or feel free to give us a call if you have questions now (540) 480-0371. Thank you for supporting Project GROWS and our efforts to connect children and youth to food.
Project GROWS will be managing the North Augusta Farmers Market for the 2014 growing season starting in April. The market is located in Verona, Virginia at the Government Center Market Dock. It is held every Wednesday from noon – 5:15 pm. Project GROWS will also be at the Waynesboro Market every Saturday from 9-1 pm, May 3-Sept. 27th. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the PG team this summer (you will recognize us by our beautiful produce grown by the community!).
Project GROWS teams with children and youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County to grow soil. Our worm composting program at the Boys and Girls Club turns vegetable scraps into rich soil with a little help from some red wiggler worms. The offspring of these worms help us make compost at the community farm.
We love our volunteers! During the growing season (May 1-October), Project GROWS staff and volunteers boogie down in the dirt during our weekly open volunteer day every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a community potluck at 6:30 p.m. We hope to show the full range of what you can grow in the Shenandoah Valley and how you can grow it.
We need your help! You may have years of experience growing produce, cooking healthy meals, or working on a farm. Maybe you would like to learn how to do these things for the first time. Either way, we encourage you to get involved and become a Project GROWS volunteer. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check here for more opportunities Join Us.
Click on our Seasonal Update to find out what’s coming up in the garden this week.