Green Teens give garden tours in Beacon June 6
On Saturday, June 6, For Goodness Bake will raise funds and awareness for the Green Teen Community Gardening Program. The bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Catalyst Gallery, 137 Main St. in Beacon.
The Green Teen Community Gardening Program, a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, works year-round to empower Beacon youths to be effective agents of change in their community by immersing them in the local food system. The program teaches life and work skills through hands-on experiences in farming and gardening, health and nutrition, entrepreneurship and leadership. Every year the Green Teens grow 1,200 square feet of vegetables, sell them via a mobile market and organize an annual photography exhibit highlighting their gardening experiences.
The lime green school bus that serves as the Teens’ mobile market has become a beloved and welcome sight for those looking to get farm fresh food at affordable prices. The market accepts WIC, FMNP and EBT/SNAP, and visits public housing buildings, senior centers and community health centers throughout Beacon that do not readily have access to locally grown vegetables.
Just across the street from the bake sale is one of the Green Teens’ gardens, The Common Greens Garden at Tito Santana Taqueria. Throughout the day, the teens will be conducting garden tours as well as leading activities for children.
Some of the Hudson Valley’s most celebrated amateur and professional bakers and confectioners are donating their time and talents to this bake sale. A wide array of sweet and savory baked treats, confections and vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free items will be available.