Growing a Garden for Service

Looking to give back to the community, a service club made up of seven middle school sixth-graders planted a blossoming garden around their school’s greenhouse and have vowed to maintain the space year-round.

The students designed and planted the garden as part of a new Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Club, headed up by parent Wambui Mburu. Through the club, the student members – Kaitlyn Arabio, Isabella Aspesi, Erin Dany, Brooke Ferren, Christine Shiru Mburu, Njeri Mburu and Isabella Sheridan – have been learning about leadership, community and life skills.

“We thought that planting a garden would blend perfectly with the goals of the club,” said Ms. Mburu.

To complete the project, the students, with the help of Ms. Mburu and their parents, obtained donations from businesses, including Home Depot, May’s Farm and the Wading River Nursery, and then spent a day digging and planting.

Students interested in joining the 4H Club may contact Wambui Mburu at 917-561-8496.