Patricia, a scout parent and troop leader summarized the troop’s resolve: “The girls wanted to help the community and they knew this would be the way to do it.” Even an initial lack of gardening knowledge didn’t slow them down. The Troop scheduled classes with Fayette County Cooperative Extension and did a large amount of reading and research on their own.
Seeds were sown and soon the troop began taking turns delivering produce to area feeding programs like those at the Catholic Action Center and Nathanial Mission. Radishes, squash, cucumbers, beans, carrots, tomatoes, and basil were among the produce grown and donated.
Each of the girls in the troop have put over 50 hours into the project, bringing the troop’s total to about 400 hours. The troop is currently working on the paperwork required to earn a Silver Award for their efforts. When asked about what all this work meant to them, Olivia said it well: “I like the part where we work so hard for hungry people to eat. I like knowing our hard work does something.”
This fall, the troop is planning on painting the raised bed frames and mulching paths through the garden. They also hope to get more girls involved to expand the project and it’s impact for those in need in Lexington.