“Are we making pesto today?” is now a question commonly heard at the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley (BGCSV), located in Milford, New Hampshire. That’s because children are growing their own after-school snacks under the guidance of UNH Extension Master Gardeners, thanks to a kickoff grant from the Amherst Garden Club.
Seventeen years ago, Maddy Perron was asked by former UNH Extension Educator, Margaret Hagen to plant a garden cart that was donated to Hillsborough County Nursing Home. As she worked plants into the cart’s soil, patients noticed. A few came over to lend a hand. They “were so happy to be able to grow things indoors,” she says. Soon after “Elders on the Grow” was born.