We are looking forward to great things this year!  I am proud and so excited to announce the Next Generation Farmers summer youth program at Lawrence Community Gardens.  We are now accepting applications for ages 12-15 year olds to become Junior Farm Hands. The program offers a $50 weekly participation stipend for each child, plus an opportunity to farm their own plot of land at the garden with whatever vegetable or fruit that they choose, which they can sell at pop up markets throughout the summer and fall. They will learn everything from organic farming practices, to how to run the farm stand, with lots of fun activities during their summer vacation.  The program hours are from 9am to 1pm Tuesday through Saturday and lunch will be provided.  No transportation is available so parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up daily. Please complete the application and return to me via email for review by the March 2nd deadline.
We are also looking for people to volunteer with the youth this summer and/or at the farm on Sunday's from 1pm-3pm. We have volunteer applications for anyone interested in working with the youth. We could use in kind donations of supplies, tools or farm equipment, and of course monetary donations to keep the program running beyond the summer for a few selected youth that can be promoted to Senior Farm Hand. You can also sponsor a child for the 6 week program for only $300.
Last year we grew close to 5,000 lbs of, with our last harvest of 70 lbs of greens just a few days before Christmas. More than 4,000 lbs of that food was donated to the community through direct donations and pantry donations. These youth will not only be able to help us increase the amount of fresh food donations to area food banks but flood food desert communities while creating future agriculture enterprises at the same time.
Thank you for your support of our mission and for spreading the word for us! 
Be Well,
Sharrona Moore
CEO, Garden Manager
Lawrence Community Gardens, Inc.




Martindale-Brightwood Education Zone

Martindale-Brightwood Education Zone Initiative (pdf)

Next Meeting

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Martin University Gathertorium


November 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes

August 23, 2017 Meeting Minutes 

August 23, 2017 Handout

August 23, 2017 Agenda

June 28, 2017 Agenda

June 28, 2017 Meeting Minutes (Revised August 25, 2017)

Memorandum of Agreement

Scope of Responsibilities

MBEZ Summary, June 2016 


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