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Creating active youth leaders through the process of growing, sharing, and selling food.
City Beets - Fiver Rivers MetroParks

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the City Beets program will not be offered during summer 2014.

However, teens and their families can still learn about growing their own food by participating in our community gardening program, attending a gardening class, and visiting a garden park and Possum Creek MetroPark, where demonstration gardens are being constructed and will be planted this summer. Dedicated City Beets volunteers are invited to stop by the farm at Possum Creek to talk with staff about the new gardens, help build beds and find out what other volunteer opportunities are available this summer.

Join us again for City Beets in 2015.

In this summer program, youth ages 12-15 years old:

  • Grow vegetables at the Community Garden at Possum Creek MetroPark Farm
  • Learn leadership & job skills
  • Sell food at the Saturday 2nd Street Market
  • Take local volunteer field trips
  • Learn about where food comes from and food systems
  • Prepare & eat snacks from harvested food
  • Make new friends

When does City Beets Happen?
Youth Managers will attend pre-summer training sessions through May. During the summer, all City Beets youth meet for 8 weeks. Youth are expected to attend all sessions.

Summer sessions are typically as follows:

  • Tuesdays (four fieldtrips, dates t.b.a.) 9:00 am-12:30 pm
  • Thursdays: 9:00am-12:30pm
  • Fridays: 9:00am-12:30 pm
  • Saturdays: Several shifts at the 2nd Street Market are required. Times may vary.

Who should apply for City Beets?
Youth ages 12-15 years old who:

  • Enjoy being outside
  • Have an interest in gardening or business
  • Can commit to attend all sessions
  • Want a unique summer experience!

What are the benefits?
Youth will learn valuable skills in business, communication, leadership, problem-solving, nutrition, and cooperation. City Beets participants also receive gift cards totaling $100 for satisfactory participation. Youth Managers will recieve $200 in gift cards.

Adults, get involved!
Would you like to get involved with City Beets? We are always seeking City Beets Mentors. Mentors work in the garden, help with nutrition and cooking classes, attend field trips, or a mixture of all three! Please contact Kevin Kepler at (937) 275-7275 or Kevin.kepler@metroparks.org.

 


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Donate to City Beets! Donations collected will help fund the youth’s stipends. Donations can be made out to Five Rivers MetroParks and sent to:

City Beets
c/o Possum Creek MetroPark
4790 Frytown Rd
Dayton, OH 45417

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Please call Luci Beachdell at 937-276-7053.
 
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