Shawnessy YMCA’s new Children’s Garden is off to a beautiful start!

Children of all ages love playing in the dirt! Gardening is a great, practical way to teach us about environmental sustainability, the cycle of life, and even values of responsibility and caring.

 Inspired by the Children’s Garden at Camp Chief Hector YMCA, staff and volunteers at Shawnessy YMCA have recently started a small vegetable garden in our courtyard space. Some of the plants come from seedlings started by students in our YMAP program!

 Our hope is to use the garden as an opportunity to help children and youth understand where food comes from and how everyday choices like eating can contribute to personal, community, and global health. We’ve even upcycled some old lamps from the weight floor into flower pots in an attempt beautify the space.

A big thank you to Maverick Carpentry for building and donating the garden boxes, Home Depot for donating soil, All Seasons Mushrooms for compost, and YMCA volunteers for their valuable time.