Summer Garden Program

Summer Garden Program

Learn to Grow and Harvest in the Fox Valley Food for Health (FVFFH) Gardening Program

During the Spring and Summer season, we look forward to growing vegetables for our Healthy Meals program. We currently are partnering with Mooseheart Child City and School in Batavia to expand our gardening program. Mooseheart is a home for children and teens in need from infancy to high school. The Mooseheart campus contains large garden plots and a greenhouse. FVFFH will now be gardening at the Mooseheart garden plots so we can continue to educate and train teens about the benefits of organic gardening and healthy eating.

Prior to our Mooseheart Garden, we partnered with Kautz Farm in Geneva, who generously donated garden plots for our use. Our teen and adult volunteers worked together in the organic gardens all spring and summer to grow vegetables from seed to harvest. These gardens produced hundreds of pounds of healthy vegetables for our meals. Thank you to Kautz Farm for their past support and generosity.

Our gardening team includes Mooseheart educators, master gardeners, dietitians and skilled home gardeners working together to grow, harvest and teach teens about organic gardening, healthy food preparation, food safety and increasing intake of fruits and vegetables.

PLEASE JOIN US this summer at Mooseheart to plant and harvest organic produce for our Healthy Meals program. We welcome all teen and adult volunteers regardless of skill level. We especially invite teens with little or no previous gardening experience.

Sign up and we will communicate days and times available to keep the gardening program going strong. Adults and teen volunteers will be growing and harvesting vegetables for use in our kitchen. Our Healthy Meals program provides nourishing meals for clients and families dealing with serious illness.

Directions to Mooseheart

Mooseheart is on Rt. 31 in Batavia.  It’s on the west side of the road just north of Mooseheart Rd.  When you enter you must stop at the Guard Shack and provide your license plate number to the attendant.  You will be given a visitor pass for your dash.  Follow ahead to the statue of the man and child.  Take the left around the circle and take Child’s Dream for two blocks.  You will pass Brookline and the next stop sign is Friendship lane, continue to greenhouse and garden will be on the left.

How do I volunteer?

First Step: Fill out this online form – Online Form.

Step 2: Commit to at least 1 day a week on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning from 8am-10am.

No experience required – just an enthusiastic attitude and a joy for being in nature. If you have any questions about our Garden Program please contact

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