UTC Community Programs Launch 2015 Season With New Leadership

Community GardensUTC’s 2015 Community Programs season kicked off on May 18 with the start of the Sprouts and Veggie Kids, our popular programs for children ages 5-13. Our Teen Apprenticeship Program launched on June 8, and will be followed shortly by our adult cooking and wellness workshop series.

This year, we are also excited to announce a brand new programs team, with strong ties to the Haddington community. The new group was assembled by Programs Director Noelle Warford, who arrived at UTC in April. Noelle, who holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, has extensive experience managing and evaluating community-based programs.

Since joining UTC, Noelle has hit the ground running, and quickly hired three new Garden Educators from Haddington: Nykisha Madison, NyShae Wymberley, and Candace Shillingford, all of whom have worked closely with kids in the past. Back from last year’s team is Quinzell McCall, who has worked across UTC’s entire farming, gardening, and program system.

“With the hiring of community folks as Garden Educators, our hope as a programs department is to promote community ownership and leadership,” said Noelle. “We want both adult community members and young people to identify the gardens as a part of their community – an asset they can tend to and develop. We are also really thinking about ways to create spaces that value our young people and respect their leadership.”

Noelle also emphasizes that while interviews for the Teen Apprenticeship Program have been completed, it’s not too late for kids to join the Sprouts or Veggie Kids:

At the Pearl Street-Conestoga Gardens (Conestoga Way & Vine Street), we’ll be running the Sprouts program (ages 5-9) every Wednesday and the Veggie Kids program (ages 10-13) every Tuesday and Thursday.

At the Memorial Garden (54th Street and Wyalusing Avenue), we’ll be running the Sprouts program every Wednesday and the Veggie Kids program every Monday and Tuesday.

All of our programs operate from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. If you’d like your child to be a part of our programs, just bring him/her to one of the sites on the appropriate day and time for his/her age group and the programs team will help you register on the spot.

Information about the adult workshop series, which is free and open to the public, will be released shortly.

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