The North Missouri Center for Youth and Families, in collaboration with the University of Missouri Extension and the Livingston County Health Center, received a $4,000 grant from the Missouri 4-H Foundation, in partnership with Monsanto, which funded the completion of the community garden at the afterschool site.

The North Missouri Center for Youth and Families, in collaboration with the University of Missouri Extension and the Livingston County Health Center, received a $4,000 grant from the Missouri 4-H Foundation, in partnership with Monsanto, which funded the completion of the community garden at the afterschool site. The project, which has been led by 4-H volunteer Beth Weidner and Nutrition Program Associate Tracy Minnis, has incorporated “Eating From the Garden” curriculum to help children improve their eating habits by introducing them to gardening. Some of the produce was exhibited by 4-H youth at the Livingston County Fair, and chosen and exhibited at the Missouri State Fair. “With this grant, we hope to build a strong foundation for learning, while providing a wonderful asset to our community, that will assist us in connecting with youth and families for years to come,” said Jena Eskew, University of Missouri Extension youth program associate in Livingston County. The Center has also partnered with several other state agencies, including the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to develop the garden. Currently, they have 10 raised container beds with a small green space that includes new fruit trees. “Healthy Living is a Mission Mandate of the 4-H program, and the Missouri 4-H Foundation has a long history of supporting projects, like this community garden, that focus on health and nutrition,” said Cheryl Reams, executive director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation. “We are grateful to Monsanto for making this project possible.” For more than 65 years the Missouri 4-H Foundation has been managing funds for the MU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, providing higher education scholarships, and recognizing 4-H volunteers. MU Extension 4-H is a community of more than 260,000 youth from across Missouri learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.