Residents prepare to launch an exciting new hydroponics gardening system capable of producing fresh produce.

The Meadowbrook Apartments in San Diego were buzzing with excitement as residents, youth, and adults, gathered for the Youth Garden Launch Party. The event was presented by Heavens Window, a current partner who provided daily meals for the youth at Meadowbrook and supplemental food for the on-site food pantry.

The event’s highlight was the ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the new hydroponic gardening system, which has been given to the Meadowbrook Apartments community in partnership with Heavens Window. Starting in early April, the youth at Meadowbrook will be participating in the Fork Farms curriculum, which is geared to help them understand hydroponic crop growth. The system will also allow the youth in a participating After School Program to grow and harvest crops.

Teams from Project Access and Heavens Window cut the red ribbon to inaugurate the new hydroponics gardening system.

With Heavens Window’s and other partners’ help, the Meadowbrook community is taking essential steps toward improving food security and promoting healthy eating habits. At the event, residents could plant seeds and learn about how plants grow. The hydroponic unit showcased sustainable agriculture and how residents (adults and youth alike) can increase their food.

Possible farmers of tomorrow are excited by the possibilities presented by their new hydroponics gardening system.

The Skyline Hills Library provided books to the youth on the topic of gardening and had crafts for them to do, while Paradise Valley Gardens had a table with information on their gardening programs and ways for residents to get involved. Tiffany Frost, Executive Assistant at the Office of San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher (District Four), was also in attendance.

Everyone celebrates with group photos before the Youth Garden Launch Party ends.

The Youth Garden Launch Party was a great success, bringing residents, community partners, and local leaders together to celebrate this exciting new project. By empowering youth to grow their food and promoting access to healthy, fresh produce, together, we create a more sustainable and resilient community for all. All of us at Project Access congratulate the residents and partners on a terrific launch and look forward to watching the progress and success of the hydroponic unit.


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