A handful of Access Youth Academy students spent their Saturday volunteering at Mount Hope Community Garden in southeast San Diego. This was the first time the students have helped out at this site to fulfill their community services requirements. Mount Hope opened on September 28, 2011 under the nonprofit Project New Village. Their organizational goals are to connect residents to real and relevant resources which aid in managing their own health, self sufficiency and well being and to engage youth and adults of diverse backgrounds in wellness activities that benefit the community.
The students planted seasonal crops like broccoli, Oregon Peas, snap peas and collard greens. For some of the students it was their first time seeing the seeds of vegetables they enjoy at the dinner table. The students also spent time digging up a new plant bed for other crops and seeding amaranth and basil for planting next season. The students were also put to the task of saving a watermelon plant that was growing out of season. They lovingly named the watermelon plant Charles after Access’s Academic Director, Chase Fite.
Special thanks to Diane Moss and Kamir for helping organize the event for the students and for keeping them busy on Saturday.