Thursday, August 16, 2012

Girl Scout Gardens for Southern Indiana Campus of the Center for Women and Families

Kentucky's Courrier-Journal reports that Girl Scout Shelbi Pearce is sharing her love of gardening with clients of the Center for Women and Families in Southern Indiana.

Pearce, 18, has started a garden at the New Albany center as part of her quest to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award — the highest award in Girl Scouts — and to promote healthy eating.

The center, which also has locations in Louisville and nearby counties, serves survivors of abuse or violence who need emergency shelter or other assistance.

“With the garden, they will be able to pick fresh vegetables,” said Pearce, who’s providing instruction on how to use the produce. “By teaching them how to can and freeze their produce, it will save them money and give them extra nutrients they cannot get from (some) store-bought foods.”

So far, the garden has produced several crops, including tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and various herbs, said Terry Light, a family advocate at the Southern Indiana campus.

“Anything that we can harvest out of there is something that’s fresh and healthy for our clients to eat, and they’re not typically things that we have the funds to buy,” Light said.