Celebrating the community garden

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A small “barn-raising” will be held 4-6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, 95 Entrada Dr., in conjunction with a national State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant award presentation.
Youth and adult volunteers are welcome to assist with the construction and decoration of a small hoop house at the Co-op, which is a partnering satellite location for the funded community garden project.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board awarded a $96,250 grant to the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board in support of an educational and outreach community garden.
The JJAB has contracted The Family YMCA to deliver the grant’s education and food-assistance objectives throughout the next year.
This is the second award by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to the JJAB for their Los Alamos Youth Food Project. The funding has provided seed money in order to mobilize middle and high school youth in support of sustainable healthy eating.
Youth and adult volunteers can paint and decorate the hoop-house from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 23. The hoop house will be used for winter planting and spring seedling starters. State Farm representatives will also present a commemorative check to JJAB officials at 4:30 p.m.
“State Farm supports service-learning because it integrates service to the community into classroom curriculum using a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility,” said State Farm Agency Field Executive James Medina.
Funding last year supported the establishment of community partnerships, created curriculum, funded classroom activities and assisted with the creation of a garden site at Los Alamos Middle School. This year’s award will further develop classroom and community garden efforts.  
“The Y is pleased to be the steward of this grant from State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board to our JJAB,” said Linda Daly, executive director. “This demonstrates a partnership of youth helping youth. The Y’s mission is to partner for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, so this aligns perfectly with our vision.”
Additionally, applications are available for interested youth aged 17-20 to become Youth Advisory Board members. More information is available at statefarmyab.com.
Anyone interested in learning more about the LAYFP may contact Sylvan Argo at the Y, 662-3100 or through email at sargo@laymca.org.