Melville youth grow food for people in need

August 17, 2018 by  

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Youth Corps spent many hours to create a unique food-to-table experience for others.

The volunteer group used historic farming methods at their Heartbeet Farm to create a healthy environment for the kale, chickpeas and other natural ingredients used in the meals delivered to the local food pantry this past July. The WMHO Cultural Center also served more of the food produced by the children at an organic gardening workshop

The volunteer farm is a one-acre plot located at Bethel Hobbs Community Farm. Bethel Hobbs is also an all-volunteer farm that grows food for people in need and offers educational tours for children, families, and anyone that would like to learn more or take part in their programs.

The youth corps is a kid-run program overseen by the staff of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO). The group uses as their inspiration the examples of community service once performed by town namesake’s Ward and Dorothy Melville. The children in the WMHO Youth Corps are community members from the ages of 11 to 17 that each volunteer one hour at a time to various community service tasks.

The center also offers adult programs, welcomes visitors to tour the facility and allows rentals of their historic building for events. Donations to help support future charitable activities and educational programs are always welcome, or a membership to the Charter Society can be given as a unique corporate gift.