Green Teens garden at Trackside

Since the spring, Wilton teens have been combining efforts to design, plant, and maintain the Green Teens neighborhood garden at Trackside.

Students participating learn about healthy foods and how to grow fresh produce in a sustainable garden. They have also completed art projects to decorate the garden.

Earlier this spring, teens fixed colorful pinwheel art to the garden fence and painted stone markers to identify the crops. All produce grown in the garden has been harvested, washed, and delivered to the Wilton Interfaith Food Pantry by teen volunteers every week over the summer months. Last year, they delivered 30 pounds of produce.

Green Teens is a joint effort of the Wilton Garden Club, Wilton Youth Services, and Trackside Teen Center. The project is coordinated by Ann Collis, Sarah Gioffre, and Pam Nobumoto of the garden club.

Boy Scout Troop 20 organized the design, construction and installation of new raised garden beds as well as the recent addition of a new compost bin for the garden.

"I love that while the kids are learning about growing, composting, beneficial insects and sustainability, they are also learning how to give back to the community," Nobumoto said.

Student volunteers and Wilton Garden Club coordinators will continue to maintain the garden and harvest produce for donation through the fall. Green Teens volunteers meet at Trackside on Mondays from 2 to 4, and volunteer time slots will remain open for Wilton students in grades 5 through 8 to participate.