This summer, the garden won't be the only thing growing at the corner of Greydale and Puritan streets.
Partnerships with Repair the World, Summer in the City, and Young Neighbors in Action will send hundreds of young people to learn and volunteer at Hope House & Gardens in June, July, and August.
Youth volunteers will help build and care for the new demonstration garden and help spruce up Hope House and its grounds.
"We're planning an 'extreme makeover' for both the garden and the house this summer," said VEJ executive director BT Irwin. "These kids are going to make it happen while learning things they never knew about the world and how it works. We're praying for this to be a life-changing experience for all of them."
Alongside VEJ's programs, new Hope House & Gardens art program-in-residence Live Coal Gallery will host free summer art camps for children in the neighborhood.
"The mission for Hope House & Gardens is not so much about growing food as it is about growing a community and people who care for Earth and each other," said Irwin. "We're really excited for all of these young people to take what they experience and learn back to their own communities. This is how VEJ makes an impact on the world."
A campaign will launch in June to raise funds to pay for the building materials, supplies, and tools that will go into summer volunteer projects. VEJ is also looking for "hospitality volunteers" to provide and serve beverages and snacks and work in the safety station.
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