With the help of other girls in her troop, Girl Scout Senior Makayla earned the Harvest Award as part of the “Sow What?” Journey and created lasting change by educating and inspiring youth to appreciate local food and the impact of the food print on the environment.
The girls did many activities including art, games, stories, and videos to learn about food prints, commit to new food habits, learn about hunger, and give thanks. Then, they made a poster detailing why they should change the world for the better. Makayla created a goal: use her love of baking to educate others about buying local food!
The girls then dug deeper and tapped the knowledge of community experts. Armed with clipboards, they visited a local farmer’s market and asked important questions of the farmers while experiencing the amazing produce they had to offer.
Makayla’s plan involved creating a video to educate others about buying local food and food prints. While baking a gluten-free cake, girls took turns telling viewers what a food print is, how they will change their own habits, the importance of their project, and the wisdom passed on to them by the farmers. The girls pledged to improve their food network at the end of the video.
Makayla delivered the finished cake and video to Urban Peak, a homeless shelter for youth. She encouraged them to use the video to educate staff and youth at the shelter about their food prints!
Troop 73392 has weeded, tilled, and planted their garden plot in the 11th Avenue Community Garden in Longmont. The girls have learned a great deal about the time and commitment required to grow food. They have learned how too much water, as well as too little water, can affect plants. Last week, the girls harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. As the season progresses, they will also harvest carrots, peppers, and squash.
The Girl Scout Seniors of Troop 73392 have been exploring food deserts and the difficulties many families face in our community to feed their families. In one activity, the girls compared the cost of food and other common household items at a local grocery store versus Wal-Greens versus a convenience store.
The girls also toured The OUR Center in Longmont and spoke with the Director of Volunteer Services regarding their food market and services provided to the community. Our troop learned The OUR Center distributes 4,000 pounds of food each day, serves 300 meals each day, and needs almost 300 volunteers each week to accomplish this amazing feat.
The girls help support The OUR Center by participating in the Bowls for Hunger project through Crackpots Pottery Studio every year. Additionally, many of the girls and their families participate in the Empty Bowls fundraiser held each year in March.
Join us Monday, October 9, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m. at The GrowHaus (https://www.thegrowhaus.org/) for a program, tour, and hands-on service project at their indoor farm. Learn about food networks, nutrition, and local farming. Cost is $7 per Girl Scout. There are 12 spots available.
Senior Troop 1096 is working on their “Sow What” Journey and arranged a field trip to The GrowHaus, which has worked with GSCO in the past. The tour can accommodate 20 Girl Scouts and we only need eight slots, so we want to open this opportunity to other troops or Juliettes.
The girls had a family day at Anderson Farms in Erie. The Senior Girl Scouts are working on the Sow What Journey. They went to the pumpkin patch and corn maze to tie the trip to the journey. Lunch, wagon ride and beautiful weather shows “thinking outside the box” for journeys can be a lot of fun!!
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