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Reflecting on YouthGROW Summer 2018

This was a big summer season for YouthGROW. We employed 38 youth, the highest to date, and put them to work for six weeks at our Main South and Grant Square urban farm sites. We kicked off the summer with an overnight orientation at AMC’s Nobleview Cottage and enjoyed a good balance of job-readiness training and outdoor fun. This team bonding set the stage for the season, allowing for a hardworking and harmonious summer. YouthGROWers received opportunities to learn about and support the REC's farmers markets, mobile market, community gardens and school gardens. They acquired knowledge in the importance of soil conservation and local food systems, and developed culinary skills by cooking fo

Gardener Spotlight | Volume One

If you find yourself driving down Mill Street in Worcester, you're likely to spot a beautiful patch of colorful, medicinal, soil-regenerating flowers and plants in the median strip. In 2006, Pam Saffer's sister started this garden and named it "Bread and Roses." Since (and before) then, Pam has been working towards beautifying the city. She helps with the annual REC Earth Day Cleanup, donates her own plants and garden materials, and solely tends to the "Bread and Roses" garden as her sister is no longer able to. Still, her sister's vision to enhance Worcester lives on through Pam. The phrase "bread and roses" was coined in a speech in the early 1900s by Rose Schneiderman, an influential wo

Welcome Ariel Vaughan, the new AmeriCorps Development VISTA

What is your educational background? I received my bachelor's in 2017 in Geography and International Development, and I earned by master's in Community Development and Planning in 2018, both from Clark University. What is your professional background? Youth Mentor at the REC (Summer 2014, 2015, 2017,2018) Food Program Coordinator at YWCA of Worcester (May 2017-October 2017) Program evaluator at the REC (December 2017-July 2018) How did you get involved with the REC? I was looking for opportunities in the city the summer after my freshman year at Clark. I stumbled across the Youth Mentor position and it seemed like the perfect fit for me! I immediately fell in love with the mission of the or

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