It’s here! We are happy to share with you our 2017 Annual Report and new one-page infographic. Read on for some highlights, or click the buttons below to download digital copies.
“Positive engagement with the environment is proven to have lasting effects on children’s physical and mental health, and we want to ensure that all kids have the same chance at being healthy and pursuing their dreams.”
— Kelly ErnstFriedman, CommunityGrows Executive Director
Consistent, free access to safe outdoor spaces and education
We’re curbing Nature Deficit Disorder — the idea that there are negative behavioral and emotional effects from spending less time in nature — one garden-based class at a time.
Lasting effects on physical and mental health
“What I really like is when we get to water the plants, eat some berries, and just walk around, get to know the place, and feel that nothing could harm me. I feel like I’m meant to be there.”
– 5th Grader
All youth can be healthy, eco-literate leaders
“The garden represents a place for growth and new beginnings. Like the garden, our lives are constantly changing. We don’t recognize change in ourselves, but it’s there. We just need to look back to see how much we’ve grown.”
– 2017 BEETS Graduate