Junior League presents Planting Promise Project
The Junior League of the Emerald Coast executed the second annual Planting Promise Project at Children in Crisis on April 23.
The project focuses on teaching the children at the CIC how to grow and sustain vegetables and herbs using container gardens.
The continuation of last year’s project was formulated over the course of six months, as the members of JLEC’s provisional class researched ways to help the nonprofit organization that provides homes for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Northwest Florida.
Once the project chairs met with CIC, they recognized there was a need at CIC to find fun and exciting ways for the kids to exercise. The Provisionals decided to grow the Planting Promise Project into a healthy lifestyle initiative and include exercise as well as teaching the children how to grow their own container gardens and cook with the fruits of their labor.
The Provisionals reached out to business leaders and organizations for donations of superhero costumes, planting equipment, vegetable and herb plants among other supplies for the project. The research and outreach all culminated at a recent event that began with an animal themed warm-up educating kids the importance of stretching before physical activity. After the warm-up, the kids enjoyed a 1-mile, superhero Fun Run through CIC’s campus with a post-race cool down.
Next, Provisionals introduced a cooking lesson showing them how to include fresh vegetables in a kid-favorite recipe such as spaghetti. After lunch the kids learned how to plant vegetables and herbs such as green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and basil.
Master gardeners from the county extension office paid a visit to CIC to teach the houses how to take care of their plants so they could integrate the “farm to table” way of life. JLEC hopes that the container gardens will be a helpful resource of fresh vegetables to the kids at CIC.
“We are proud of the work our Provisional class has done in partnership with the CIC this year,” said JLEC president Carly Harmer. “Teaching children about living a healthy lifestyle is vital to their future.”