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Millburn Community Garden partners with local Girl Scout Troop to build community!

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  • Some of the produce the girls have grown to feed the hungry.

      Some of the produce the girls have grown to feed the hungry.

 
Laura Heffernan

The Millburn School and Community Garden has created a wonderful place where students, staff and community members gather to create gardens which do so much more than just grow plants. This amazing space has evolved into a supportive environment that allows students and adults a way to share and foster enriching experiences that build community and connect students to a living curriculum.

Planning for this beautiful garden began more than 15 years ago. Through the ongoing efforts of many many volunteers within the school and community and several Eagle Scouts as well as several scout groups, what was just a whisper of a thought is now a thriving living classroom. This past year, the garden welcomed a new scout group, Junior Girl Scout Troop 41101. The girls wanted to work on their Bronze Award this year. The Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. The focus of the award is making an impact in their communities. The girls have to build their team, talk about possible projects, choose one and create an action plan. Unanimously, they chose to support the Millburn Garden. Beyond just volunteering to help with the garden the girls wanted to plant a plot that would benefit the community. The girls planted basil, green peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, cantaloupe and pumpkin. Their plan was to donate the veggies they grew to a local food pantry for the less fortunate in our community and as a result have created a partnership with St. Anastassia's soup kitchen in Waukegan. Their veggies were used in salads, soups and casseroles while left over veggies were given to the soup kitchen clients to take home to enjoy.

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The girls from Troop 41101 will be leading tours of the Community Garden during the Sept. 21st Fall Festival at Millburn School as part of their ongoing support and partnership with the garden.

MORE INFO: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MILLBURN SCHOOL COMMUNITY GARDEN PLEASE CONTACT: LORI VELLINGA AT: 847-370-2189 OR EMAIL AT: MILLBURN24GARDEN@GMAIL.COM OR CONTACT MS. REGINA REYNOLDS AT: 847-356-8331

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES OF TROOP 41101 AND THEIR PARTICIPATION WITH THE GARDEN PLEASE CONTACT: JENNIFER GLICKLEY AT: 224-627-6508

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