Planting A Promise with Children In Crisis

Special to The Log

The Junior League of the Emerald Coast launched their inaugural Planting Promise Project April 25 as a joint partnership with Children in Crisis, Inc.

The project itself was developed over a course of six months, as members of JLEC’s provisional class researched ways to help the nonprofit organization which provides homes for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Northwest Florida. Both parties came to the agreement that teaching the children how to plant edible foods and cook them would combine the talents of the provisional class with the needs of the facility.

The group consulted with Master Gardener Margaret Stewart, an Okaloosa County Master Gardener and University of Florida Extension Office representative, to narrow down planting options and offered suggestions on what would be easier to maintain. The provisionals reached out to business leaders and organizations for donations of planting equipment and other supplies that the facility needed.  The research and outreach all culminated at this weekend’s events by focusing on day long activities that encouraged residents to learn gardening skills, cooking practices, and live a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. The event also had other team building activities, where the provisionals could spend time with the children as well. 

“As our provisional class advanced through their 10 month program, they saw a need in our community and were excited to make a positive difference for the CIC,” said president Carly Harmer.  “As evidenced by the success of the event, I think this project is something we can build on for years to come.”