San Bernardino 4-H club reaches out to military youth
Military youth receive a portable garden from fellow 4-H members.
What Has ANR Done?To help the Fort Irwin youth experience gardening first hand, San Bernardino 4-H Youth Development Advisor Cynthia Barnett and program representative Cheryl Eggleston asked another 4-H club, the Bloomington Boosters, to build a portable garden box for the military youth as a service project. The Bloomington Boosters have a well-established woodworking program and access to power tools. The group designed and built a 34- by 60-inch receptacle of water-resistant composition board. The 32-inch-deep container was mounted at an angle on heavy-duty wheels for portability and easy drainage.
The Bloomington Boosters also donated tools, seeds, pea gravel, compost and soil to the Fort Irwin 4-H members to get the garden started. The mobile garden was finished off with an engraved copper plaque.
Traditional 4-H club reaches out to military kidsThe 250 military youth involved in the Fort Irwin 4-H program are now able to participate in a 4-H gardening project. Their portable garden permits them to grow their own vegetables and learn about healthful nutrition.
This project also gave the Bloomington Boosters 4-H woodworking members -- who live over 100 miles away from the base -- the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of military children. The project confirmed for both groups of 4-H youth that by thinking of others and working as a team, 4-H participation can make a difference in their communities.
Supporting Unit:4-H Youth Development Program
Cynthia Barnett, (909) 387-2193, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheryl Eggleston, (909) 387-2179, email@example.com