Garden Uplift at Micah House
Applicant: Micah House / Trinity Community Foundation
Project Summary: Micah House after school and summer programs provide a safe place for at-risk children from low income families in North Redlands at no cost to families. After school sites located at 611 Chapel Street and 1006 Oxford Street in Redlands are wonderful learning opportunities that provide tutoring to ensure grade level performance in nurturing indoors environments.
With expertise provided by their partnership with University of California Cooperative Extension Micah House will implement gardening projects that will benefit the after-school students and the community at large. IERCD funds are being used to build and install two raised beds at each locale and add colorful water-efficient, pollinator-friendly landscapes. Staff, volunteers and students from the Micah House after school programs will partner with knowledgeable and experienced UCCE Master Gardeners to design and plant the vegetable gardens and water-efficient landscapes at the two venues. UCCE program staff and volunteers from the Master Gardener program, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Master Food Preserver Program, and Youth, 4-H Program and IERCD staff will assist in after-school and summer school programs that connect the experiential garden experience with classroom learning.